Is there a better way to address safety issues on the Murfreesboro Bypass?

Published 5:51 pm Friday, July 15, 2022

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To the Editor:

I recently read an article in the News Herald about the Murfreesboro bypass and the proposed changes.

The article states North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) engineers have made a decision with their design in regards to safety and preventing accidents by eliminating two spotlights and reconfiguring the intersections. I agree something should be done for safety and to prevent accidents however I think there is a better solution.

I travel route 58 in Virginia frequently. It is a four-lane divided highway with stop lights. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s solution to this is accomplished by rumble strips, warning lights, and reduced speeds at these intersections. This design I’m sure cost less and will take a lot less time to complete.

NCDOT’s solution, I think, will cause a concern not only with cost and time, but with fire and rescue responding to calls and other traffic in Murfreesboro, including school buses.

This is just my opinion as a concerned citizen and taxpayer.

Barry Phillips