U.S. 70 in Havelock closed for next three nights

HAVELOCK, NC (WITN) - Night-time drivers can expect changes on Highway 70 for the next three nights.

Contractors will be installing bridge girders for the new overpass into Slocum Gate at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

There will be alternating lane closures between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The left eastbound lane will be closed just past the intersection of Hickman Hill Loop Road.

The right westbound lane at the Walmart intersection will also be closed west of Catawba Road, while the remaining lane for westbound traffic will be shifted to get around the work area.

There will be no access to Slocum Road and Slocum Gate during the closure.

The work is expected to be complete by Thursday morning.



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U.S. 70 in Havelock is going to be closed again starting Monday, May 20th.

There is construction going on where a lane shift will be needed in order to place girders for the new overpass.

The left eastbound lane will be closed just past the intersection of Hickman Hill Loop Road.

The right westbound lane at the Walmart intersection will also be closed, while the remaining lane for westbound traffic will be shifted to get around the work area.

Slocum gate will be closed from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. until May 23rd.

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A plan is now in place to hopefully prevent a repeat a last week's traffic nightmare in Havelock.

State Department of Transportation officials say a contractor's pipe installation is to blame for a two-hour traffic backup on Highway 70.

A contractor building a flyover at the Slocum Road Gate to Cherry Point in Havelock will have to pay the NC Department of Transportation $7,500 after delayed piping work caused drivers to sit in traffic for hours just trying to get home.

One driver said, "The traffic was held up from the eastbound going into Havelock. It was backed way up, I'm going to say at least two miles."

Drivers tried to take alternate routes, but apparently they weren't the only ones with that idea, which caused a commuter's nightmare.

Another driver said, "I take the side roads that literally take me like five minutes but Wednesday of last week, it literally took me 40 minutes."

DOT officials met with the contractor Monday, and say all lanes are supposed to be open during the day, something that local business employees need.

Officials say the only lane closures will be between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. from now on in hopes to avoid additional congestion on the already busy road.

The DOT says the $24 million project is expected to be complete in September.