I am writing in response to the newspaper article outlining the proposal by NCDOT to make improvements to Bickett Blvd ... a project forecast to last three years. As Mr. Hammerbacher has stated, the center turning lane can be dangerous; it can be. This project proposal is to first remove the center turning lane, which would be replaced with Options One, Two and Three to create what the DOT calls a "super street" by constructing a fixed, raised center median with possible roundabouts and/or controlled left turn options.
It has been my experience that the current 45 mph speed limit is much ignored by all size and weight vehicles. Making a left turn into town from Bojangles might be the riskiest place on Bickett Blvd. where northbound and southbound speeding traffic challenges the most alert driver ... the center turning lane probably has saved lives.
Concerns have been raised by business owners that to remove left turns from Bickett would hurt business. I believe their concerns are valid...and also believe that even with the present turning lane, left turns across this fast moving thoroughfare are risky.
To have local business disrupted for three years is economically reckless ... many local business are marginal and such disruption might be the bitter end for some.
Should Options One, Two and Three be voted to be put into effect, I anticipate speeding will be worse than it is currently ... as everyone knows speed is the cause of many crashes.
Knowing drivers might be mad at me, may I propose a simpler, more user friendly and altogether cheaper solution: reduce the speed limit from 45 to 35 from the Justice Street intersection to the NC 56 intersection at the south end of town.