Belmont neighbor says speeding trucks shake her home

Belmont neighbor says speeding trucks shake her home

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 6:58 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 8:00 AM

BELMONT, N.C. – A Belmont neighbor says speeding trucks are putting her in danger and even damaging her Park Street home.

“Pictures fall off the wall, battery operated clocks will stop because the batteries have been jiggled loose,” said Debbie Holcomb. 

Debbie’s home sits only 15 to 20 feet off of Park Street, which is a main thoroughfare in Belmont, and is often used by tractor-trailer drivers headed south into South Carolina.  Interstate 85 has an exit onto Park Street.

Holcomb says she hesitates to even walk out to the mail box.  She’s lived in the home with her husband for seven years.   She says in that time the traffic has become substantially worse.

“They say you die close to home, but I don't want to be spread all over the road,” she added.

Holcomb’s neighbors at the Park Street United Methodist Church also notice the problem when parishioners try to pull out of the church parking lot on Sunday mornings. 

“Everybody does at least 45 on this road,” said Graylyn Faulkenberry, a church trustee.

The speed limit on Park Street is 45 miles per hour.   NBC Charlotte monitored cars going around 50 mph, including one speeding car that drove through a red light.  The stretch of road also features a blind hill and a sharp curve.

“I wouldn't even know where to begin, who to contact to even consider lowering the speed limit,” said Holcomb.

NBC Charlotte contacted Belmont police.  One officer said since Park Street is a main artery, banning trucks and decreasing the speed limit aren’t feasible solutions.  Holcomb hopes commuters will see the news story and be more aware.

If you have a street that seems to be a speeder’s paradise, contact NBC Charlotte at streetsofspeed@wcnc.com.
 

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