UPDATE: Kinston Officials Reject Highway 70 Median Proposal

Kinston officials have rejected the DOT's proposal for a new median on a busy stretch of Highway 70.

Lenoir County Commissioners and the Kinston City Council have signed resolutions against the project, according to the Kinston Free Press.

The DOT wants to build a median in Kinston at the intersection of Highway 70 and Highway 258, an area that has seen dozens of accidents over the years.

The project has also faced opposition from local business owners.

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The Kinston City Council will meet Monday to discuss the controversial Highway 70 median project.

The proposal's current design shows the first section of the median starting at the intersection of 58 South and Highway 70 near the McDonald's. It would end by the Hampton Inn on Highway 70 near 258.

The proposal comes after a 2008 traffic study showed there were 39 crashes within five years along the one mile stretch of highway.

The proposal has faced opposition from local business owners who say the median would make their business less accessible to customers.

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