CHARLOTTE, NC – Commuters along Eastfield Road in northeast Charlotte say they’re at their wit’s end with traffic jams.
“Its horrendous. You can’t ever get out. You just wait and wait and wait,” said neighbor Debra Driggers, who lives in a development near Eastfield and Prosperity Church Road.
Scott North e-mailed NBC Charlotte about the problem.
“I sit for 30 minutes or more because most of the traffic has to slow down to turn onto Prosperity Church Road,” he wrote.
Neighbors believe the congestion during rush hour is the result of a development boom in this corner of Charlotte. They believe the current two lane roads simply can't handle this kind of vehicular volume at one time.
“I spend more time on 3 miles of Eastfield Road than I do on 20-plus miles of I-77 North,” North explained in an interview.
As part of an ongoing investigation entitled “Streets of Speed,” an NBC Charlotte crew monitored the intersection of Eastfield and Prosperity Church recently during rush hour and witnessed cars creeping by at 13 mph because of the congestion.
After contacting NCDOT, NBC Charlotte uncovered plans in the works that will widen Eastfield Road, and relieve congestion on Prosperity Church Rd.
NCDOT also says once the I-485 loop is finally finished in the University area, traffic on local roads will thin out.
“It certainly can’t hurt,” responded North, after being shown the plans.
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