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Neighbors urge city to change median
Beatties Ford widening includes concrete island
 
Published Monday, March 25, 2013 12:15 pm
by Herbert L. White

Residents along Beatties Ford Road want the city of Charlotte to change a street-widening plan they say negatively impact traffic flow.


Neighbors along the impacted area between Capps Hill Mine Road and Slater Road say a proposed concrete median along and extending to Sunset Road would force drivers to make a U-turn to get to homes and businesses in the area. Paul Holmes, whose house sits along Beatties Ford Road, said neighbors want the city to paint a median in the center of the widened street in order to get to their homes or King Funeral Home at 4000 Beatties Ford Road.


“The problem is they’re going to put a concrete median from Capps Hill Mine Road to Slater Road and then from Slater Road on down,” Holmes said. “No problem from Slater Road on down. The problem is from Capps Hill Mine Road to Slater Road. That prevents King Funeral Home from turning left from their property heading toward I-85. That means a funeral procession heading up I-85 has to go up about 400 feet and make a U-turn. A funeral procession having to make a U-turn is just not right.”


Holmes said neighbors have met with city engineers and City Council representative James Mitchell to offer compromises such as traffic cutouts, but the concrete median is still on target.


“Our contention is don’t spend all that money for concrete, et cetera,” said Holmes, who has lived in the neighborhood for 32 years. “Just do a painted median like you do from Griers Grove Road to Reeder Memorial Church. It’s just two lines. … It’s not just as safe, it’s economical.”


With city engineers moving forward with the concrete median, Holmes is looking to present the neighbors’ case at tonight’s City Council meeting.


“Just accommodate five houses and a business,” he said. “That’s all we’re asking City Council. The Engineering Department is just bent on putting in a concrete median.”


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All concerns should go through my support of Mr. Paul Holmes, thank you.
Posted on June 11, 2013
 

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