DOT offers alternative design

carolina pines meeting

Haywood Daultry, N.C. Department of Transportation traffic safety engineer, explains one of the plans for the U.S. 70-Carolina Pines Boulevard intersection to local residents during a meeting on Tuesday night.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 16:40 PM.

No matter what design, the goal of proposed changes to the intersection of U.S. 70 and Carolina Pines Boulevard is still the same.

"Whatever we do, we have to be satisfied that we address the crash pattern problem," said Haywood Daultry, a regional traffic safety engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

About 50 Carolina Pines residents gathered for a DOT meeting of proposed redesigns of the intersection Tuesday night at the Township Six Volunteer Fire Department.

DOT is looking to redesign the intersection in response to 23 crashes at the junction from 2007 to 2012 that left one person dead and eight others injured.

One design is unchanged from when it was presented during a meeting in March. Carolina Pines residents would no longer be permitted to make left turns from the boulevard onto U.S. 70 East. Instead, drivers looking to head to Havelock would have to make a right turn and then make a U-turn at a crossing just west of the main intersection. That crossing could also be accessed using the service road.

Residents could also turn right on the service road and make a left turn on U.S. 70 at a crossing just east of the boulevard and use a new acceleration lane that would be constructed.

The other proposed design is in response to comments from the March meeting. Left turns would be permitted from Carolina Pines Boulevard, but the deceleration lane for drivers turning right into the subdivision from U.S. 70 West would be moved slightly to allow for better visibility of drivers exiting the subdivision.



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