Entire subdivision signs petition to make traffic changes in Leland

Entire subdivision signs petition to make traffic changes in Leland

LELAND, N.C. (WECT) - Neighbors in Leland’s Waterford subdivision have banded together to get ahead of traffic problems in their community.

“Somebody could very-well get killed one day if they aren’t careful,” said resident Joyce Matthews.

People who live in the area say the problem is a blind curve.

Making a left out of the subdivision, you cant see any vehicles coming around the corner. Drivers must slowly inch up until they’re certain everything is clear, then hope a car doesn’t come speeding around the corner.

All the residents want is a stop sign

“'This is scary,’ I said the first time I went out of my neighborhood ten years ago when I first moved here," said Matthews. "If I ever had an accident, that’s where it would be, because you can’t see.”

Matthews decided to create a petition and take it to local leaders at town council. There are 33 houses in the subdivision, and at least one from each home signed the petition.

For a stop sign to be added to the area, there are specific requirements that must be met. Three hundred cars per hour must pass the area in an eight-hour day and there must be four to five accidents reported in the past 12 months.

“I don’t think you should have to have somebody hurt. This is about prevention, not resolving it after the fact," said Matthews.

On Monday, July 15, the Leland Town Council will meet and discuss if this should be added to Thursdays town council meeting. From there, the council could choose to send out engineers to analyze the area and see if it meets the criteria necessary for a stop sign.

“To prevent accidents and save lives," said Matthews. "We’re not asking for a million-dollar bridge, we’re asking for a couple hundred dollar stop sign.”

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