Road construction to continue into September

July 22, 2010 4:10:02 PM PDT
The road construction on Glenwood Avenue near Five Points has been going on for more than nine weeks and won't be finished until September.The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Thursday that work on Glenwood Avenue near the Five Points intersection is now expected to be completed by mid-September.

Earlier plans had called for all the work to be completed by the end of August, but officials say it was pushed back because of unexpected delays due to infrastructure repairs and conflicts below the road.

Before all the construction, many drivers said the Five Points intersection on Glenwood Avenue was confusing. But now, even area veterans say it's hard to get around.

"Unless you have intimate knowledge of the neighborhood, you don't know how to get from point A to point B without cutting across this lot," Rialto Theater Owner Bill Peebles said.

Peebles says his business has taken a major hit because of all the construction.

He says lately its gotten worse, saying the timing lines up exactly with when police started ticketing drivers for cutting through a BP parking lot to get around the construction.

"You pull through, you get a citation, your insurance goes up, you go to court, you pay a court fine just because you went to a movie and a show, what do you think is going to happen, you're not coming back," Peebles said.

Resident Alex Rivers says he was pulled over Tuesday as he was pulling into the gas station.

"The cop jumped out and tried to give me a ticket," he said. "I told him I was coming here to buy something."

Despite the signs and what some are calling constant police supervision for nearly a week, people are still cutting through to get to the other side of the road.

"I have to get to that street and there's no other way to get there," driver Mariana Luciani said.

There is a detour, but drivers say since there isn't clear signage, it's not fair.

"Folks that don't know how to navigate around the area and don't know how to go down Alexander Road and make another right on Sunset Oaks and another right on Whitaker Mill, it's not fair I think for everybody's getting tickets," River said.

Police say they've given out almost 100 citations and many more warnings. They say they started doing it because neighbors were complaining.

But many commuters say there must be a better way to keep drivers from breaking the law and to get them around all the construction.

ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has asked police to look into the problem further and see if there's another solution that works better for everyone.

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