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Raleigh Business Owner Still Waiting For Turn Lane Promised 16 Years Ago

Posted March 15, 2004 5:53 a.m. EST

— Too many cars, not enough road. It is a problem many people can relate to.

Crossroads Veterinary Hospital is a busy place. It is even busier outside.

The animal hospital opened 16 years ago on Jones Franklin Road. Over the years apartments and businesses have popped up along the two-lane road, bringing a lot more traffic.

"People are tailgating, not seeing that people are turning and there are constant rear-end accidents here. There's at least one a month," said Sandy Albright, owner of the animal hospital.

A check of Raleigh police records shows over the last five years, 64 wrecks happened within a half mile of the animal hospital.

Albright says the city promised a turn lane and a traffic light between U.S. 1 and Interstate 440 when she gave them a piece of her property for a right of way 16 years ago. She is still waiting.

Many of the wrecks have happened when someone stops to turn. Traffic backs up behind them and sometimes there are rear-end collisions.

When Bauman once tried to turn into the vet hospital, a driver slammed into the back of her car.

"My greyhound went flying up into the windshield, bit through its entire paw," Bauman said. "I had broken bones in my face and still seek treatment for it. So, there are some pretty serious accidents here and it's not uncommon to see."

"One of these days there's going to be a fatality and I would like the city to do something about it before there is a fatality," she said.

Raleigh traffic engineers say they have no record of a light or turn lane. They say Jones Franklin should be widened at some point, but the budget is too tight right now.