Explosive Growth Calls For Face Lift Of Highway 70

As explosive growth along the Crystal Coast continues, sections of Highway 70 are scheduled for a face lift, projects that will impact intersections and local traffic flow. Department of Transportation officials say the modifications to certain intersections along Highway 70 are to upgrade safety. But some residents feel they are sacrificing to speed up the trip for out-of-towners. Bill Shore of Newport is concerned that when the state changes the flow of his neighborhood intersection, Mason Town Road and Highway 70, emergency vehicles will essentially have to pass by his street and make a u-turn. Shore met with State Representatives Jean Preston and Pat McElraft Monday morning, where he found out the plans are a done deal. A state transportation study conducted in 2005 found the intersection of Mason Town Road and Highway 70 to be dangerous. Drivers must cross over four lanes of traffic to get from one section of Mason Town Road to the other.


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