It seems I could write a blog everyday about traffic, the way people drive, the conditions they encounter, and the results.
A story we reported on tonight at 5:30 caught my eye. It said the frequency of accidents along one stretch of highway in the east is the reason changes are being contemplated.
Apparently, there are five to eight accidents everyday on Highway 70 - which runs from Raleigh to the coast. The roadway is said to be deadlier than other major roadways like U.S. 64 or I 40 between Raleigh and Wilmington. Engineers studying the roadway say one of the big problem areas is in James City, just south of New Bern.
The solution to the problem? There are a couple. One is a 17 mile bypass around the area at a cost of 350-million dollars. The other option is to make upgrades and changes to the 1.5 mile stretch in James City that is of the biggest safety concern.
It would seem a couple of big questions need to be answered before any decision is made. What exactly is causing the problem? Is the roadway poorly designed? Is there too much traffic on this stretch of highway? Are the people driving on it not paying attention? Are all of those questions factors? Are none of them factors?
Residents and business owners in the James City area will be able to voice their opinions at a series of meetings in September. You don't need to wait.
Chances are, if you live in eastern Carolina, you have driven on this road. So what do you think is the cause of the problem, and what do you think should be done about it?