Havelock Businesses Say Construction Is Costing Them

As construction continues on the Highway 70 median in Havelock business owners say it's hurting them.

Tuesday morning crews were laying concrete at the intersection of Highway 70 and Cunningham Boulevard. Traffic traveling southwest on Cunningham to Highway 70 found one lane closed for part of the day. But that's just a small headache compared to what businesses owners say their customers are feeling.

Gene Bell of Gene's Audio says some of his customers are just driving by because of the median.
"I guess the biggest problem is also when they make the turn waiting for traffic to clear, and when they're in a hurry and everybody's in a hurry in this world and waiting for traffic to get around, it's a problem and quite often they'll just go on by.

Tina Matson, owner of the salon Total E-Clips estimates she's lost at least fifty-percent of her business.

But it's not just business that residents are concerned about, some are also worried about safety. Havelock resident and Craven County Commissioner Lee Kyle Allen says the median has made the road more dangerous. "I'm surprised someone hasn't been killed let alone, just pure accidents."

The median was put in place to make Highway 70 safer and to accommodate the number of drivers on the road.

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