Traffic light helps Brier Creek traffic flow

January 28, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
Eyewitness News has learned that a long awaited traffic light in Raleigh's Brier Creek will be fully functional Wednesday.

The light is the second phase of a plan to reduce wrecks and congestion at intersections around the Alexander Place Shopping Center on ACC Boulevard, off of Highway 70.

Shopper Kathleen Christiansen often makes the trek from her home in Morrisville to the shopping centers around Brier Creek.

"There's just so much to do and see so you can always find almost anything," Christiansen said.

When a Wal-Mart Supercenter first opened in the shopping center, those exiting onto busy Brier Creek Parkway could go straight across or turn left to get to Glenwood Avenue.

The result, was dozens of wrecks and untold near misses and shoppers who were reluctant to visit stores on the other side of Glenwood Avenue.

"Occasionally I would shop on the other side because I didn't want to have to go over and have to make that left," Christiansen said. "You know, occasionally you'd almost have an accident, you're waiting there for a long time so I did, it was, it was a pain."

Recently DOT installed a concrete divider, forcing traffic leaving the shopping center to turn right, go down ACC Boulevard, and make a U-turn.

"When I come down ACC Boulevard to take a left to come up this way on this side of the shopping center, there's much more traffic going the other way to make the U-turn," shopper Danielle Lowden said.

So although they take different routes in and out of the Wal-Mart shopping center, both Lowden and Christiansen were happy to see DOT install a traffic signal at ACC and Brier Creek.


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