Kannapolis residents worried about dangerous intersection

Kannapolis residents worried about dangerous intersection

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 9:20 AM

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- It’s a dangerous situation, that Kannapolis residents say could be prevented if someone would only listen.

Neighbors have to cross the busy five-lane intersection to get in and out of their homes, after they say the city closed down the road that gave them access to a safer way out.

Curtis Ballard and Pete Crenshaw have lived on Mclain Road near Delane Street their whole lives and say the city of Kannapolis has created a safety hazard for all their neighbors.

“There (have) been a lot of wrecks up here, a lot of people hurt," Ballard said. 

"You can't see getting in and out of that place and it's unsafe," said Crenshaw.

Mclain Road used to be paved and gave neighbors access to a stop light to get on to Highway 29, but after years of flooding, neighbors say instead of fixing the road, the city neglected it and then five years ago closed it down.

"It just became a thing where the city got tired of coming out here," added Ballard.

Now neighbors have to cross the busy Highway 29 intersection to get in and out and Ballard says with new apartments and businesses built, there's more traffic than the one entrance can handle safely.

“We got kids playing up there.  We got five and six school buses coming one way, emergency traffic ambulances fire trucks have to come in one way," Ballard added.

The city said it looked at rebuilding the road to keep from flooding but officials say it would be too expensive for the amount of people impacted by the closure.
 

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