DOT approval for a school traffic lane to help Bethlehem Elementary School!

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School traffic is a nightmare at Bethlehem Elementary School. The school is located at the intersection of NC Highway 127 and Bethlehem School Road in Bethlehem, NC. Traffic is backed up daily on Hwy 127 as well as Bethlehem School Road during student pick up. When there are school functions, parking is a big issue because there is not ample place for visitors to park. This leaves cars parking on the side of Hwy 127 and Bethlehem School Road because it is their only choice! Bethlehem School Road is a 2 lane road and when cars are parked on both sides of the road, it brings it to one lane. Bethlehem is a big agricultural and furniture area. Farm equipment, transfer trucks, dump trucks all frequent Bethlehem School Road and Highway 127 as both roads are direct links to Hickory, Taylorsville, Granite Falls, and Lenoir. Living on Bethlehem School Road, this is a daily problem. When cars are not completely off the road, traffic goes around those vehicles and into oncoming traffic. This is very dangerous, especially when there is a sharp curve and a 55 MPH speed limit involved right past the school zone. Not to mention, people are also aggravated at the situation and in turn, are frustrated trying to get around cars and do not make as safe of a maneuver as they should! Residents can not get in and out of their driveway safely and passersby can not safely navigate through traffic. School traffic should not keep citizens from getting where they need to go in a timely manner and getting there SAFELY. 

We, the undersigned, are petitioning the North Carolina Department of Transportation for a lane to be added to Hwy 127 and Bethlehem School Road to help relieve some traffic stress in our area. The safety of anyone taking children to school, going to work, living in the area, or just passing through is being compromised every single day that school is in session. 

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