MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE -- With the new base entry road still in the works, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune personnel will soon notice commuting may get a little more difficult before it gets any better.
To make way for this project, a traffic shift is taking affect this weekend.
“In the future, there’s going to be a new base entry road,” said Lt. j.g. Patrick Durnan, project engineer with Office in Charge of Construction, Marine Corps Installations East – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “Our job is to prepare for it by widening the road. During the widening, we can’t close the length of road, so we’re shifting traffic onto the new road recently built.”
Drivers will see a change in location of the road, but it will still have the same amount of lanes.
“It’s going to be a little more congested on Louis Road because you’re not going to be able to take a left onto Michael Road from Sneads Ferry Road,” said Durnan. “We’re advising drivers coming northbound on Sneads Ferry Road to take Louis Road to Birch Street, or go down Holcomb instead if you need to get to Michael Road.”
Durnan said they’re going to try and keep the left turning lane coming from Michael road open as well. The road shift will begin this weekend, Oct. 7 and will remain until next Spring.
“The planned shift is Sunday night, but by Tuesday, the shift should be complete,” said Durnan. “By the time Marines come back to work, they’ll experience the new traffic plan. There will be signs on Sneads Ferry Road this week so drivers going in both directions know. The hiccups will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday when drivers are still learning what they can and cannot do in the area.”
Durnan said drivers can expect delays, and if they can avoid the area altogether, do so.