MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Homeowners say their neighborhood is being used as a cut-through to I-485, and fear it’s just a matter of time until the combination kids, cars and speed leads to an injury.
Morningwood Drive in Matthews is the main drag through the Eastwood Forest Mobile Home Park. It connects to John Street on one end and Pleasant Plains Road on the other.
Cars drive it constantly.
“We need help,” pleaded neighbor Margie Owens, "They shouldn't be using our neighborhood as a cut-through, but they do it because it’s quicker and easier.”
Cars save time by avoiding the Potter Road intersection and come up and down Morningwood Drive instead.
Owens says cars routinely go faster than the 25 mph posted speed limit. She says she hears tires squealing all hours of the day and night.
"A lot of people could care less that it's 25 miles an hour. They'll ride you; you can come down the road and they will practically push you around the corner and they don't want to even stop for you,” Owens said.
Polly Wilson has yelled at drivers to slow down several times while her grandchildren play in the yard.
"Because they're going too fast, they're up and down the road all night, going 40, 50, 60 (miles per hour); they just fly,” Wilson said.
We tracked cars Tuesday with a radar gun. Several went the speed limit or under. Plenty of cars drove in the 35 to 45 mile an hour range.
Neighbors say they’ve seen cars drive up to 50 or 60 miles an hour.
Neighbors want speed bumps. They asked for them years ago but were denied.
We found out Morningwood Drive is maintained by the NCDOT, and when neighbors first asked for speed bumps, they weren't allowed on state roads. That changed in 2009.
Neighbors can request speed bumps through the NCDOT, but have to meet several requirements including an approved traffic engineering study, at least 70-percent written support from neighbors, plus paying for them and maintaining them.
The NCDOT says it has not received any complaints from neighbors.