Possible state road project has many residents with mixed emotions
MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County —
Families' homes could be bought out and destroyed because of a future state road project in Carteret County.
"Right now, I don't know where I would go," said Debbie Ross. "I have no idea what we would be doing. It's just a kind of wait and go see game, I guess.
"I'm unfortunately one of those who's going to lose my home it appears, and that's not easy."
Ross lives in the Wildwood Community. She, like others living in and around that community are worried they'll lose their homes because of an extension project to Bridges Street. If approved it would widen existing Business Drive to Old Airport Road in Morehead City and then extend westward to meet with Hwy. 70 in the Newport area. Currently, the routes are only proposals. Human and natural environment studies at each proposed location are being studied.
"The purpose of it was to alleviate some of the traffic off (Hwy.) 70 and also to give a better access to the business park," said Jeff Cabaniss, NC Department of Transportation Division 2 planning engineer.
The project has led to some mixed emotions with people for and against the proposed routes. Those routes will possibly go through Gladys Teasley Lane, Wildwood Road or Hull Swamp to McCabe Road.
"We don't have the power that some of the other rich communities have and so we feel like that Carteret County and the DOT should consider saving communities like us because there are not many of them left," said Michael Murdoch, a resident of Wildwood.
"We are just trying to come to the public and find out what their thoughts are and then we'll start trying to mitigate that the best way and try to come up with the best alternative that we possibly can," Cabaniss said.
As for the members living in and around the Wildwood Community? They can only hope and pray for the best.
Officials said once the studies are done, they hope to choose a route and begin the design phase in a few months.