For more than 15 years I have been driving on Morganton Road between Pinehurst and Southern Pines. Perhaps at least weekly, some driver in front of me wants to turn north, or left, into the medical and office buildings located there. What do we do? We wait.
I am not advocating a traffic light, but I do believe a paved piece of shoulder on the right side of the road would help considerably.
Now I read that almost 400 apartments will be built in a gated community on acreage between those buildings and the Tennis and Lawn Club.
Most of our gated communities have golf courses or perhaps two of them, but I suppose it is all right not to have one as long as the tenants do not mind paying the expense of the guards. What concerns me is, has any thought or plans been put forward to eliminate more of the
potential backup while tenants wait to turn left into their new community? A tunnel? A bridge?
Something so that the autos heading east will not be detained behind the new apartment dwellers who are going to make Pinehurst their home?
If not, it is similar to U.S. 15-501, where the traffic continues to increase while a solution is nowhere in sight.
Philip H. De Turk, Pinehurst