Lawmakers Not Taking Sides

State legislators say they won't take sides in a tug-of-war between Havelock residents and state transportation engineers. Residents who live near Ketner Boulevard in Havelock are fighting to keep the traffic signal at the intersection of Ketner Boulevard and Highway 70. M.C. Skipper, chairman of the Ketner Citizens Action Group, sent letters to representatives Alice Underhill and William Wainwright, and state senator Jean Preston, asking for their support. All declined to take sides right now. The future of the Ketner Boulevard and Highway 70 traffic signal has been in question since last summer when city leaders signed an agreement in June to build a new Wal-Mart. One of Wal-Mart's stipulations was to have a new traffic light put in. The Department of Transportation tells us they have a policy for Highway 70. There can be no net gain in the number of traffic lights. That means if a new one comes in, another has to go.