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Goldsboro is Stuck With Traffic Woes

Posted May 12, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— These days traffic jams are a way of life in the Triangle. However, the drawbacks of busy roads are not just in the city.

Places like Goldsboro are dealing with a traffic mess of their own.

More than 10,000 motorists, including students from three schools must pass through one main intersections, which causes heavy congestion.

As people have moved in, the accident rate has doubled in just ten years.

"Sometimes it's like back to back, bumper to bumper," Student motorist Shonette Fuller said. "You can't hardly move. It's like traffic is backed up two or three minutes at a time."

"Cause I get scared someone's going to hit me from the side or something or somebody's coming out of their parking spot, going to ram into me," Student motorist Odettia Newsome said. "So, I'm just sitting there paranoid."

Like many towns down east, Goldsboro is experiencing growing pains, especially on its streets and highways.

In the past nine years, nearly 300 cars have been in accidents on the two-lane stretch of New Hope Road.

New development is creating more traffic, but streets like New Hope and Berkeley Boulevard are not keeping up.

"We need some roadways out there that need to be widened," Goldsboro planner Al Harrell said. "We have some existing roads that are at or exceeding capacity right now."

In the meantime, leaders at Eastern Wayne High School are taking their own measures to keep 300 driving students away from rush hour.

Principal Morris Kornegay said, "We're looking at the possibility of either starting early or starting late, then what we're doing now, and doing the same thing in the afternoon, either ending early or ending later."