Stop the Caldwell County Hwy 321 Superstreet And/Or Alex Lee Blvd Interchange

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US Highway 321 in southern Caldwell County has a high-volume of vehicles entering & exiting to access many large Retail Centers, Businesses & Neighborhoods adjacent to Hwy 321. Residents, school buses and emergency personnel should be able to safely navigate this area. 

Traffic backs up terribly at several large intersections now. With the new Superstreet design - those wanting to turn left to access Hwy 321 will be expected to turn right to enter & then merge left across 3 lanes of traffic, into new U-turn bulbs. With the backups at those intersections now, making drivers turn right, and sending them to these new U-Turn bulbs will create potential (& probable) dangerous backups onto US Highway 321 instead.

The current, July 2017 plans by the NCDOT provides only 1 interchange through this area at Alex Lee Blvd (not Grace Chapel Road or Wal-Mart/US 321-A). The traffic counts for Alex Lee Blvd (MDI) is no where near the traffic counts for Grace Chapel Road or WalMart/US321-A.

We are proposing the NCDOT eliminates this Alex Lee Blvd Interchange in favor of an Interchange at WalMart/US321-A, in addition to the 2016 proposed Flyover at Grace Chapel Road. There is already an access road (New Farm Road, built specifically for MDI) that MDI can utilize to enter those 2 roads. This would greatly reduce backups at those U-Turn bulbs in those areas and increase the safety of the drivers. This would also reduce the amount of property, residents & businesses hurt by the proposed Alex Lee Blvd / MDI Interchange. And we feel this would be the most efficient & cost-effective manner to alleviate traffic concerns for US Highway 321 in southern Caldwell County.



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