See, Click, Fix: Updating dangerous left turn

By John Carter - bio l email

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The wheels of the state of North Carolina sometimes move slowly.  After all, we know there can be a lot of red tape to go through to get things done.

But it's been several weeks now since the Department of Transportation told us it would take care of a problem we first brought you in our See, Click, Fix feature and we wanted to check back to see how things were going.

We first told you about this problem along highway 321 in Gaston County in mid April.  People were making left turns where they weren't supposed to, oftentimes creating a traffic hazard.

Part of the problem was that even though this "pork chop" shaped traffic island was supposed to discourage drivers from turning left into this cluster of restaurants, there were no signs up telling them not to.

But now that's been fixed.  A new, no-left turn sign has just been installed by the state and it appears to be helping.  The entire time I was out here, I didn't see a single vehicle try to turn left into the parking area off 321.  Before the sign was put up, I saw vehicle after vehicle turning left here.

Another no left turn sign has been put up at the parking lot exit.

But that's not the end of it.

Gary Spangler of the Department of Transportation says reflector posts are also going to be put in any day now, which should further discourage drivers from turning left here. We'll let you know when that happens.

And a heads up on an issue we're looking into in Lincoln County.

A viewer writes See, Click, Fix that Swanson Road in Lincoln County is in terrible shape.  It's a dirt road and after driving it myself, I can tell you it is one of the roughest roads I've ever been on.  It's full of pot holes and gullies.

Can anything be done to help? That's what we're looking into.

Initial calls to the Department of Transportation don't promise much help from the state because Swanson Road is not a state maintained road.

So what we're trying to do is find out what homeowners along Swanson Road might be able to do to get that road re-graded or possibly paved.

But we'll also get you answers on what criteria the state uses to determine whether it will take over maintenance of a road.  It can be a complicated matter.

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