Sneads Ferry community weighs in on future of village

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 02:38 PM.

He said more than 50 residents attended the event, which tapped “dialogue, good direction ... and some challenging questions.”

But, Whitehurst added, the event did not mark a shift in the plan’s direction. 

Among the concerns voiced was whether plans to widen N.C. 172 would cause a bottleneck at the bridge to the back gate to Camp Lejeune. 

“The community was right that if you make improvements to (N.C. 172), and you don’t make improvements to the bridge, you are not solving the problem,” Whitehurst said. “There’s passion in Sneads Ferry. That passion comes from wanting to protect the heritage but also wanting something better.”

County Commissioner Barbara Ikner of Sneads Ferry said base traffic is a major concern. 

At peak hours twice, the lane heading toward base has been gridlocked for miles while IDs are checked for entry to Camp Lejeune, she said. 

Plans to widen the highway, she said, would not alleviate congestion without additional lanes over the river.

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