Speeding Motorists Are Changing Residential Areas Into Freeways
Posted August 24, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Nice, quiet North Raleigh neighborhoods are turning into cut-throughs for frustrated drivers. Homeowners are seeing their streets become freeways. Some neighbors are worried about safety as they search for solutions.
People in Durant Trails say their streets are jammed every morning. They say drivers are using neighborhood roads as a cut-through to get around crowded primary routes.
"They don't actually stop at the stop sign here. They'll kind of ease through," says neighbor Kris Burritt. "We've actually had the police out here several times, you know, ticketing people."
The city of Raleigh reduced the speed limit in the neighborhood from 35 to 25 to try to help with the commuter cut-through. Harry Hytoff and his dog, Mayday, say they have seen several vehicles continue to fly through the neighborhood.
"They go pretty fast. There's a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit," Hytoff says. "A few times, I yell. Sometimes they slow down, but most of the time, they just shoot through."
City transportation engineers recently studied the main road through Durant Trails. They say Hiking Trail Road is designed as a collector street only. No major changes are planned.