LELAND, NC (WECT) - Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be meeting with leaders in Leland on Monday to discuss the increase of traffic.
Leland Town Manager David Hollis said the traffic is backed up around the construction on US 74/76 and HWY 17 and the delays stretch for several miles down both Village Road and HWY 133 most mornings.
Leland Police Chief Mike Jones said that while traffic has always been an issue in mornings, lately it has become "unbearable."
Mary Balow who lives in Leland said the traffic started getting really bad when school started.
"It's just been jammed up completely and last week, at least once, I turned around and went home because there was no sense in continuing on," Balow said.
She said one morning it took her 30 minutes to get from the Walgreens on Village Road in Leland to the Hardee's.
"It's just frustrating and if there is an emergency, I do not know what would happen out there. I do not know."
Hollis also said he has concerns about what would happen in an emergency. That is one of the reasons he said he requested a meeting with NCDOT.
Jessi Booker, a deputy division traffic engineer for NCDOT, said that Leland town leaders, first responders, engineers and contractors will all be part of the meeting. She said she knows there is nothing they can do to reduce the volume of cars, but hopes they will come up with some solutions to ease the traffic delays.
She said there are always two lanes open, but they are more narrow and she has heard one concern first responders have is how narrow the shoulders are.
"We are going to discuss these issues that people are observing on a consistent basis as well as hopefully come up with some solutions to help better the situation and elevate some of those concerns," Brooker said.
She said right now, there is a tool on NCDOT's website. Drivers can pull up views from four traffic cameras in the area of the construction to see how the traffic is or if there has been a major wreck. She said the cameras take a live picture every five seconds.
To view the cameras, follow this link: http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/RegionSummary.aspx?co=65
Drivers in the area have also started a Facebook group sharing concerns and traffic tips.
To few the Facebook group, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/327031817459934/?ref=br_tf