Safety Issues on N.C. 5
As a resident of the Jackson Hamlet community for the past 41 years, I've observed the rapidly increasing traffic danger at each of four intersections with N.C. 5 and the Aberdeen Carolina Western Railroad.
The primary problem is lack of visibility due to vegetation in the highway right-of-way. On the east side of N.C. 5, the intrusive vegetation is between the railroad and the highway, creating a blind spot for motorists entering the highway from Arnette Street (SR 1120).
Second, the highway night light that was provided at Cotton Street (SR 1117) and N.C. 5 by CP&L for decades was discontinued. Why is this?
Third, the one-block stretch of N.C. 5 between Aberdeen and Pinehurst city limits, with a posted 35 mph speed limit, is often abused.
I hope that by alerting the following concerned agencies and companies, we can prevent death or serious injuries along this stretch of N.C. 5: N.C. State Highway Patrol, N.C. Department of Transportation, Moore County Sheriff's Department and EMS, Pinehurst Police Department and Fire Department, Aberdeen Police Department and Fire Department, Aberdeen Carolina Western Railroad, Progress Energy.
By the way, the state sign identifying Jackson Hamlet, which was erected in 1979, is nearly hidden by vegetation. The sign did not block visibility.
Thanks to all who are concerned about these hazards. Drive safely!
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