Durham Mall Goers Greeted By Gridlock
Posted March 11, 2002 10:23 a.m. EST
DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police and managers of the new Streets At Southpoint met on Sunday to figure out how to prevent major traffic problems in and around the new mall.
Cars were backed up for miles along Interstate 40 Saturday as shoppers tried to make their way to the mall which opened Friday. Some shoppers said that they sat in traffic for hours.
Traffic in and around the mall parking lot was a problem as well.
On Sunday, mall leaders opened a service road that circles the mall and said they were pleased with the results. The service road will be used to help prevent backups in the future.
In addition to using the service road, another idea discussed was the use of satellite parking lots.
It is estimated that more than 300,000 people visited the mall during its opening weekend.