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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  • by Havelockian Location: Havelock on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:16 AM
    A lot of people did voice their opinions on the median before. It fell on deaf ears because this project is to benefit those with deeper pockets, not Havelock. If you have been around Havelock for awhile, I have been told you will remember...There used to be medians in Havelock, they took them out. Now they are putting them back in knowing there is a bypass to be built. Maybe this money could have been used by the state to fix potholes and roads that are long overdue.
  • by TBrewer on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    I turned my MINI VAN sideways on 70 two weeks ago because of someone crossing the construcion and not able to see past the dirt. I called DOT and got sent to 3 more phone numbers in Craven County before someone said Havelock construction falls in Carteret jurisdiction and when I called them no one knew there either. So my take is NO ONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY of those of us that drive in Havelock daily!!!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    'Growing Pains' comes to mind. If they can sit it out during the construction, maybe something positive will come of it. I hope so.
  • by Anonymous Location: Havelock on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    Can I just say DUH! All of these businesses and residents had a chance to voice their opinions BEFORE the state started this project, even if it wouldn't have changed the outcome. Anything to help the Raleigh folks get to the beach a few minutes faster. And once they build the Havelock bypass in a few years, Havelock will be a ghost town again and then the city will probably be stuck with the bill to remove these stupid medians so city residents can actually get around town again. Havelock is too small a town that grew too quickly, so it's going to have these problems. It reminds me of Broad Street in New Bern. It used to have a median, they spent $$$ to remove it, and then spent more $$$ to put one back in. Bureaucracy at it's finest!
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