Roundabout proposed for busy New Bern intersection

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Residents in one county in the east gathered at a local middle school to hear a proposal for a roundabout at a busy intersection.

The Department of Transportation held the meeting at Grover C. Fields Middle School in New Bern from 5pm-7pm Thursday so that people could stop by and ask questions or offer up comments on the proposal.​

The roundabout would replace a current red light at the intersection of Highway 55 or Neuse Blvd. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Officials say the intersection is confusing and has caused access issues for businesses in the area and a roundabout would help change that and keep traffic at the busy intersection flowing better.

Residents at the meeting say they had a few questions but overall feel like the project is a good idea.

"I've driven on big roundabouts before in London and once people are used to them, they flow pretty well, I think the very initial part people will be saying, 'But who has the right of way?' and 'How do we get through here without having someone bang me on the side?', ​but I think once they are used to it, it will be good," says Tom Braaten, a Craven County resident.

Construction on the project could take between 6 to 9 months and would begin until 2020.

DOT says they are still in the beginning of the planning phase for the project and will be holding more public meetings in the future.