In a previous post, we talked about the need for a traffic signal at Lineberry Drive and Trailwood Drive. I’ve noticed an increase in traffic during the morning hours, particularly preceding NC State class times – when the right-lane turn queue consistently backs up to (and beyond) the second entrance of University Apartments on Lineberry Drive.
What’s up with the progress on that traffic signal? I’ve been emailing Steve Johnson, NCDOT District Engineer, but I was not getting any response from the emails I’ve been sending. I think he is no longer the correct contact to get the updates I’m looking for (to provide to the community).
The latest is on the traffic signal – it is currently being designed by NCDOT’s Signals & Geometrics Unit and is almost complete. The next steps involve working with Progress Energy to get the power lines raised to provide adequate vertical clearance above the roadway that is needed with the addition of the signal. (I’m thinking I’m going to have to use my contacts to make sure Progress Energy completes their portion of the project in a timely manner. Remember the Sierra Drive sidewalk project?)
As soon as NCDOT gets the design plans (from Signals & Geometrics Unit) and Progress Energy completes their work, there is a contractor ready to install this signal. No timeline was provided, but this is all good news. The work is in motion.
I also got an update on Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch concerns at Lake Wheeler Road and Carolina Pines Avenue. The Division Traffic Engineer is going to communicate with City of Raleigh’s Senior Transportation Engineer, Jed Niffenegger. Currently, there does not seem to be a significant pattern of rear-end crashes that would support the use of Spot Safety Funds for construction of widening the left turn lanes on Lake Wheeler Road. We will keep you posted on the outcome of any further conversations here as they continue to investigate this for our community.