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"Super Street" construction causes inconvenience for drivers

The construction started in March and is still taking place on a one mile stretch between Mercantile Drive and Compass Pointe East Wynd. (Source: WECT) The construction started in March and is still taking place on a one mile stretch between Mercantile Drive and Compass Pointe East Wynd. (Source: WECT)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A construction project designed to make one of the busiest highways in our area safer is also giving some drivers headaches.

Crews are working to turn Highway 74/76 near the Leland Industrial Park into what they call a "Super Street."

The construction started in March and is still taking place on a one mile stretch between Mercantile Drive and Compass Pointe East Wynd. Drivers who live and work in this area said they're ready for it to be over.

Crews have closed off the entrances to side streets, forcing drivers to turn right, travel about a mile down the road, and finally make a U-turn in order to get where they need to go.

Highway 74/76 is one of the busiest roads in southeastern North Carolina and several deadly crashes near Leland Industrial Park forced the NCDOT to look for ways to make it safer.

By adding additional turn lanes onto the side roads, the "Super Street" idea was designed to correct safety conditions on this section of the highway. The $2 million project is part of a larger project which includes signals at the newly constructed I-140 interchange with US 74/76.

But while construction is going on, workers at nearby plants and industries are inconvenienced. Scott Adams works in the Victaulic Plant.

"Nobody thinks it's a good idea. Nobody likes it," Adams said. "We don't know when it will end."

He says the project is hurting business operations.

"It's frustrating. It adds time to commute and you go a mile that way and turn around,"Adams said. "You try to build speed but it doesn't seem like a good idea. I think it could've been thought out better."

Construction is not only causing problems for the hundreds of truck drivers and employees who work in the area, but also for the thousands of new homeowners who live in nearby Windsor Park.

"It's frustrating having to go around or take the back roads because if you get caught trying to go through you get a ticket," said Karrie Hensley, a mother of four.

Hensley said she does whatever she can to avoid this super street-to-be.

"Kids don't like sitting in a car especially when you have to drive 2 or 3 miles out of the way to turn around and come back," Hensley said. "It's more of a head ache than anything."

Another concern that we've heard is what do emergency vehicles do if they need to get through. According to Scott Garner, the Deputy Director of Brunswick Emergency Services, there are places for those vehicles to turn around if needed.

Garner also explained that there are alternative exits on the back side of the neighborhood as well.

The NCDOT said they hope to have the entire project finished by August.

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