Road Project Brings Highway Within 12 Feet Of Alzheimer's Unit
Posted January 18, 2002 5:37 a.m. EST
FUQUAY-VARINA, NC — They say good fences make good neighbors, but
' growing neighbor -- Highway 55 -- will bring down a fence and eat up 18 feet of property.
The plan would widen Highway 55 and bring it within 12 feet of the continuing care community's Alzheimer's unit.
Residents say they are worried about the added noise and quality of life issues, but primarily, they have safety concerns.
Plans for a concrete median on the road would keep northbound vehicles from turning left into an entrance to Windsor Point, the one used most by emergency vehicles.
"We are the largest users of the EMS service," says resident Marion Johnson. "We have an ambulance running almost daily."
A DOT spokesman says the widening and new median would improve the flow of traffic, making it safer for everyone.
Fuquay-Varina town council members and transportation representatives will hear from the residents on Feb. 4.
The DOT says the project is scheduled to be put out for contract by June, so any changes to the plans need to be made quickly.