Onslow County Wants Marines To Ease Highway 172 Restrictions

Onslow County wants the Marine Corps to ease the ban on non-military traffic driving on Highway 172 through Camp Lejeune.

After 9/11, the highway was restricted so that conventional traffic could not cut-through the base. Now county commissioners want Camp Lejeune to implement a specialized pass system.

The county says because of the recession, rising fuel costs, and economic burdens, some people have to drive around the base during their daily commute. Commissioners unanimously passed the resolution Monday asking the Marine Corps to look at a pass system for residents.

"We hope that the base officials will review this resolution and act upon it for the benefit of citizens who have been affected by the NC Highway 172 closure," said county commission chairman W.C. Jarman, "It would make a big difference to many of them financially considering the distance they have to travel each day and the rising price of fuel."

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