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CHARLOTTE (WBTV) - Some viewers say an intersection in north Charlotte is an accident site just waiting to happen. They say the way the intersection is configured, it leads drivers to take unnecessary chances and it also leads to a lot of frustration for drivers who have to wait behind them.
It's the intersection at North Tryon Street off outbound I-485.
Drivers turning left at the top of the ramp have a traffic signal.
But there's a yield sign and traffic lane for drivers going right. They need only to make sure that no traffic is merging into their lane to keep going without stopping.
But traffic here often does come to a stop.
That's because less than a hundred yards up Tryon Street is a road to the left...Salome Church Road.
What often happens, drivers actually STOP at the yield sign to wait for traffic to go by so they can cross North Tryon and make the left onto Salome.
And if there's a lot of traffic, they may have to wait...and wait. And as they wait, traffic can build behind them, sometimes clear down the ramp and onto I-485.
Some drivers feel it would be safer if the traffic signal also regulated right turns or no left turn was allowed onto Salome so as to better regulate the flow of traffic.
After I contacted the North Carolina Department of Transportation, engineers took at look at the situation, and here's what one engineer told me:
"I'm sure it can be frustrating at times for folks that are continuing north on US 29. If we (didn't allow a left turn onto Salome Church Road), Salome traffic...would have to proceed north to...Pavilion Blvd and do a U-turn. (While) this is not a big issue, it is not the most direct and convenient route. We generally try to keep an established less restrictive pattern in place unless it becomes apparent that it is unsafe, then we will get more restrictive."
So basically, no changes are planned for now...but if anything happens, I'll let you know.
As a good friend of mine often says...for now...just pack some patience.