Traffic Solutions For Mecklenburg and Union County -

Traffic Solutions For Mecklenburg and Union County

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Fixing traffic problems is a top priority for those who live off Old Monroe Road.

And on Tuesday night, they weighed in at a DOT public forum.

The proposed road project actually covers portions of Mecklenburg County and Union County. The DOT wants to widen East John Street which turns into Old Monroe Road which is for the most part just a two-lane road. The six-mile road project would start in Matthews on Trade St/East John Street and stretch past I-485, and end on Wesley Chapel Stouts Road at Indian Trail.

On a good day - Michelle Simmons says it’ll take her 10 minutes from Sun Valley on Old Monroe Road. But on a bad day, she says it’ll take her nearly 45 minutes.

“The biggest thing is the traffic. It is horrific. On a typical Saturday, making a trip for a game is just congested,” said Simmons.

More people mean more cars and that also means more wait times.

“It is inadequate for the number of vehicles traveling that road. If I were working today, I’d consider a new job,” Dave Loughran.

To fix the bottlenecks and reduce wrecks, the DOT wants to add more lanes, build sidewalks and open bike trails.

“It’s very scary - we don’t have a sidewalk. Sidewalks are very important especially in the school area where you have kids walking around,” said Simmons.
“We would love to see a bike lane. Lots of bikers are there but they slow down traffic when they are on the roads."

While some may think it’s a country road spawning two counties, those who use say, it’s certainly not the road less traveled.

“This is a heavily traveled two-lane road. There are lots of homes, business and education facilities on this corridor,” said Jen Thompson.

If you missed the meeting, you still have until Feb 11 to weigh in.

The project is still in the early stages - and divided into three phases --- funding is only approved for one of the phases for now. The DOT will review all the comments and concerns from tonight’s meeting and reconvene again this summer.

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