Controversial Morehead City Median Discussed At DOT Meeting

By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith
By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith

Another proposed median on U.S. 70 has some business owners in Morehead City upset.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation held a a public meeting Monday night at Carteret County Community College to discuss constructing a raised median fro 2.7 miles from Willis Road to Bank Street along U.S. 70 in Morehead City. The project includes median openings with turn lanes at six to seven additional locations. No changes are proposed at the existing traffic signals.

The DOT says the project is intended to improve safety along that stretch of the highway. A study of a five year period released in 2008 showed there were 352 crashes, but some business owners say the median is not necessary and will only hurt them in the long run because it will restrict access.

"The road is very heavily traveled but as I mentioned in the last DOT meeting I attended in the plus 40 years here we've never had one of our customers either bringing a boat to us or leaving from our place ever have a wreck of any type with their car or their boat," said Boats Inc. Owner Chris Davies.


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  • by Biz Owner MHC Location: MHC on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM
    Went to the meeting last night- seems like a done deal. Lower the speed limit, accidents happen this is not a solution. Boating is a huge part of our summer industry and this median will make it impossible for boat to maneuver. They are trying to make it safer to get from Raleigh to the Port
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      by MHC Resident on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM in reply to Biz Owner MHC
      Agreed. Medians won't fix anything, reduce the speed limit. My guess it that the state's ultimate goal is to put a super highway through MHC so people don't even have to slow down on their way to Beaufort. Look at the things they have been trying to shove down our throats: a sulfur plant, median strips, shutting down fishing, and our city government is doing nothing to stop them.
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      by Brian on Feb 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM in reply to Biz Owner MHC
      All roads are designed for the largest vehicle that will travel on them and unless your driving a full size semi you will have plenty of room to maneuver.
  • by Frank on Feb 21, 2012 at 03:35 PM
    These medians are the dumbest things I have ever seen and heard of. I have lived here all my life and never had an accident neither has any one in my family. Havelock is going to suffer because like the previous comment stated. It is a dump. The problem comes from the military and tourists.
  • by Tom Location: USA on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    I'm native and somehow traveled that road without incident or such medians for decades. A necessity? I think not - political pork for a construction contractor? probably so.
  • by Steve on Feb 20, 2012 at 07:57 PM
    CRAZY!!! It would seem common sense would put non essential wants on a back burner. With the states budget woes, I would think this would be small potatoes.Is this a NEED or a WANT? If it was a NEED, traffic would stop going back and forth. Election time is coming, vote smart!!!!!
  • by A B on Feb 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM
    Went to Havelock today and these medians are going to be like these. Business will suffer because you have to turn around to get to the other lane at a desinated point They even have grass planted in some medians. When the town cuts grass if they do it will be a mess
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      by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 09:10 AM in reply to A B
      Those businesses in Havelock will suffer anyway. Only reason people go to or through that city is to go to work or get to Morehead City. Havelock is a DUMP!
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