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Neighbors fed up as residential road used as traffic detour in east Charlotte

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More than 70 homes sit along Charleston Drive just off of Independence Boulevard in east Charlotte. 

However, since the beginning of construction to widen Interstate 74, drivers have been using Charleston Drive as a way to avoid the congestion on Independence Boulevard. The problem is, Charleston Drive is a road that leads to nowhere and offers a dead end with no way for drivers to cut through.

“A lot of them turn right here. One of them already turned and hit the mailbox and knocked it down,” said Bonny Dockery, who lives on Charleston Drive. 
“You can count who is coming in and who is going out. You can tell as they come in.”

Residents that live along Charleston Drive say they have seen hundreds of cars travel down their road daily. The drivers then quickly turn back around and leave.

“We all have children out here. It is a quiet community and it has now become a hassle,” said Madeleine Ziegler, who lives along Charleston Drive. “We are a community that is just fed up. There has to be something done.”

As hundreds of cars speed down the residential road and then turn around, tire marks have been left on driveways, mailboxes have been knocked down, fences have been destroyed and grass has been killed in several of the neighbor's yards. 

“They will not slow down and they just look at you wide eyed and then turn into your driveway,” said Samuel Monroe, whose driveway is marked with black tire marks. “I am talking a thousand cars a day. Not 500, that is low."

Crews have placed a road closure sign at the beginning of Charleston Drive and a police officer sits at the front of the road. However, residents say those precautions do very little.

“No concern, they do not care,” Ziegler said. 

WBTV counted as 22 drivers made their way onto Charleston Drive only to turn right back around. 

“I am afraid if they turn around and hit my grandchildren... then what?" said Dockery.

Residents and neighbors are just hoping drivers will stop using their small community to try and skirt around traffic.

“Dead end. It dead ends to nowhere,” said Ziegler.

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