Traffic Light at Intersection of Shepherd Valley St. & Rocky Quarry Rd.

Traffic Light at Intersection of Shepherd Valley St. & Rocky Quarry Rd.

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Jaycee Foran started this petition to North Carolina State Department of Transportation and

These are the concerns of the constituents ("residents") within the City of Raleigh ("City") North Carolina ("State") in District C, regarding the safety of the Providence neighborhood ("Subdivision") off Rock Quarry Road and surrounding Southeast Raleigh communities.

The Subdivision, and surrounding District C City residents, have been experiencing months of construction due to the expansion of a subset of Rock Quarry Rd, which is widening to a four (potentially five) lane road. Despite the frustrations from late night construction, the residents of the Subdivision and the surrounding communities' larger concerns are focused on the safety and accessibility in front of the Subdivision.

Since construction began, directly in front of the Subdivision there have been at least three major accidents (within the past 6 months) which have completely blocked the single entrance/exit to the Subdivision. While this creates frustration for homeowners within the Subdivision, it also creates a dangerous situation for emergency vehicle access and also generates risk to the livelihoods of residents who may have their work schedules impacted with the inability to enter or leave. 

The stretch of Rock Quarry Road in front of the Subdivision has a posted speed limit of 45 mph. Unfortunately, as with many other streets in the City, speeding occurs regularly. As residents are turning into/out of the Subdivision, the risk of collision is escalated. Vehicle turning visibility blockage due to construction equipment and vehicles, in addition to excessive speeding, adds to these risks and have played as a direct factor to every accident which has occurred. It is a genuine, and evidentiary supported, danger for residents to exit/enter the Subdivision or travel through this area of the City owned street of Rock Quarry Road. 

With the expansion to multiple lanes planned and being constructed, the concentrated risk factors of speed and entry/exit to the Subdivision are amplified. The necessity to expand to multiple lanes was due to the amount of necessary infrastructure requirements to support the traffic within this area of Rock Quarry Road - which means residents are facing more motorists, lack of speed enforcement and visibility restraints all which directly correlate to more accidents in the future - as already proven. 

Subdivision residents have raised the concerns of the community through the Subdivision HOA management group, Associa HRW, many times throughout the years. Unfortunately, the City and State have failed to enable the Subdivision to take action. Our Subdivision, as well as the surrounding communities of residents, are asking for the support in creating a traffic light for the Subdivision at the opposing side of Rock Quarry Road and Shepherd Valley St. to mitigate directional traffic from Sunnybrook Rd and Creech Rd. with traffic lights to provide entry/exit to the Subdivision, as well as manage the flow of traffic in both directions of Rock Quarry Rd. 

Installation of a traffic light will provide direct support of residents of the City that have voted for our District C City Council Member and others representing the safety of our streets within our State; and supports a community that cares about the safety of one another. With multiple lanes of traffic, travelling at or in excess of 45mph regularly it is inevitable that once construction is complete, residents will see more accidents impacting the Subdivision and residents. The Subdivision and fellow community members within our City, specific to Southeast Raleigh, want to ensure the safety of one another. With the State Department of Transportation ("DOT") provided traffic light outside of the Subdivision it will better serve the increased traffic flow that occurs both during concert season (running from May-October at Coastal Credit Union Amphitheater off Rock Quarry Rd.) and after. In addition, such a request for the traffic light will allow Subdivision residents to safely enter and leave the Subdivision without the fear of coming in contact with any vehicles traveling on Rock Quarry Road.

For reference, there is approximately 2.5 miles between traffic lights on Rock Quarry Road, with the Subdivision located at approx. 1 mile from the Creech Road traffic light and 1.5 miles from the S. New Hope/Sunnybrook Road traffic light. There are roughly 1,779 people per square mile, which means about 4,500 individuals live within the 2.5 miles of direct area impacted and are the residents striving to get direct support of the City and State Departments of Transportation and otherwise representing the residents, to have this traffic light installed.

We ask for formal action and push for this community, for the thousands of residents within this area that want to know that their neighbors, this Subdivision, is not burdened with imminent misfortunate from accidents, is not afraid emergency vehicles cannot enter or exit as necessary in an emergency and that our City and State has its residents best safety interests at heart. We are a community of residents that is often neglected, overlooked and underfunded - we do not want to be a community that is also at higher risk of accident, injury, death, financial/economic despair or more as a result of this State funded expansion and lack of a simple object as a traffic light. 

When the benefits are so great and there is no harm done to existing businesses or residents, it makes good sense to take action in supporting the residents request.

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