Fayetteville residents want out of slow lane


Jack Lancaster said over the past couple of years the traffic in his community has gotten awful.

"Oh! Traffic is unbearable. It's very bad, yes sir," said Lancaster.

It's definitely a sign of the times in west and southwest Fayetteville. One of the fast growing areas is around Jack Britt High School near Hope Mills. Just across the road from the school, a building boom has sprung up . A new shopping center is located there with a grocery store and drug store. Behind that, area several new housing developments and neighborhoods, all bringing in a new flood of residents.

But there is a price to this progress, congestion. Local roads haven't kept up with the building blitz.

Many residents said they like the convenience of having stores nearby, but getting around does take longer.

"If you would say from I guess Hope Mills Road over to this side a good 15 to 20 minutes," said resident Kelly Davis.

Motorist say ongoing new road construction and road widening projects have helped some. However, many said rush hour traffic on Hope Mills Road around the Camden Road intersection can get bogged down.

In other parts of west Fayetteville, it's much the same. Residents said traffic along U.S. Highway 401 to Raeford can slow to a crawl in some places. However, some relief may be down the road.

The traffic problem hasn't gone completely unnoticed. The Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has set up a series of community meetings to get citizen's input on a congestion management plan.  Their next meeting is Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the East Hoke Middle School in Raeford.

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