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NCDOT holds discussion about possible roundabout in New Bern

Thursday, members of the N.C. Department of Transportation talked with people who came to learn more and ask questions. Officials say the roundabout is a safer and easier alternative than what is currently in place. (Nate Belt, NewsChannel 12 photo)

A major intersection in Craven County is expected to look a whole lot different in the near future.

That's because a roundabout is scheduled to be placed on Hwy. 55 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in New Bern. Thursday, members of the N.C. Department of Transportation talked with people who came to learn more and ask questions. Officials say the roundabout is a safer and easier alternative than what is currently in place.

"The project would replace the light signal with a two-lane roundabout," said Jeff Cabaniss, NCDOT Division II Planning Engineer. "It looks like it's a good fit size-wise, fits the intersection traffic, operational wise is good and then roundabouts are safer."

The project has strung up some controversy as some people and businesses aren't too pleased with the change. But that's why the DOT came to New Bern ... to hear public feedback.

"Overall, I think we've heared pretty favorable comments, some concerns from businesses that are adjacent to," Cabaniss said.

DOT officials said they'll now take the public input and make any necessary tweaks to the current design to make it more accommodating. You can click here to read more about the roundabout from the NCDOT.

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