Tucker Creek, MacDonald Downs, Hickman Hills residents to be affected

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM.

Still, the plans call for changes at the traffic signal at Tucker Creek. Currently, the intersection has a six-phase traffic light permitting all movements — straight, left and right. However, the new "superstreet" configuration calls for a two-phase signal in which drivers would no longer be allowed to drive straight across U.S. 70 from either Tucker Creek or Hickman Hills. Only left turns would be allowed coming out of Hickman Hills. Those wanting to turn right to go toward Havelock would have to turn left on U.S. 70 West and make a U-turn to head back east.

Tucker Creek residents could turn left or right from Pine Grove Road at the traffic light.

Left turns from U.S. 70 East into Tucker Creek would no longer be permitted under the plan. Drivers would be forced to continue past the traffic signal and make a U-turn at a new crossing that would have a traffic light.

Likewise, left turns from U.S. 70 West into Hickman Hills would no longer be permitted. Instead, drivers would be forced to continue past the light to a new U-turn crossing that would not have a traffic signal.

Potter stressed that the plans are preliminary and that changes were possible before the plans are presented to the public, which is expected to take place at a June public hearing.

Neil Lassiter, DOT lead engineer, said the plans for the interchange and Tucker Creek were designed with the idea of keeping all drivers safe.

"We’re looking at the citizens of Havelock and we’re looking at the citizens of Eastern North Carolina and we’re trying to look at each of these problems," he said.

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