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'It gets so backed up': Huntersville woman fed up with narrow intersection

“Highway 73 is one lane in each direction and it gets so backed up. There isn’t a median per se."

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A Huntersville woman is fed up with a busy intersection she says gets backed up during the day and has too many speeding drivers. 

Ali Sullivan said the stretch of Highway 73, where it intersects with Hidden Path Lane near Terry Lane, is driving her batty. 

"Highway 73 is one lane in each direction and it gets so backed up," Sullivan wrote in an email to WCNC Charlotte. "There isn't a median per se, although a short, narrow turning lane was created; still doesn't help with the speeding traffic."

WCNC Charlotte contacted Jen Thompson, communications officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to get answers to Sullivan's concerns. 

Thompson issued the following statement: 

"We do have a project in development to widen N.C. 73 in this area that would extend the vehicle storage length of the turn lanes for Terry Lane and Hidden Path Lane. It’s currently in final design, going to right of way acquisition in FY 2023, followed by construction in FY 2026

"When constructed, drivers approaching from the side roads would no longer turn left, but would be directed right, then can turn around at a designated U-turn."

"These types of designs are safer and improve traffic flow." 

"Since N.C. 73 has high traffic volume, those U-turns will likely need a traffic signal, but that determination has not been made yet. Either those areas or the signalized intersections at Norman View Lane and Beatties Ford Road would provide breaks in traffic for drivers from Terry Lane and Hidden Path Lane to turn right and get to a U-turn location."

Click here to view other Charlotte traffic areas Ruby Durham has reviewed on Wake Up Charlotte.

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