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Holiday Shoppers Tying Up Traffic in Mall Area

Posted December 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The intersection of Morganton and Skibo Roads is at the heart of the Fayetteville holiday traffic headache. During the holiday season 75,000 vehicles pass through this intersection each day, as shoppers head for Cross Creek Mall.

Police say if you're heading that way, be sure to take along some patience. They'll handle the rest.

Fayetteville Police Sgt. Wesley Waters says it's a job just to keep traffic moving.

Fayetteville police say they plan to deal with problems as they arise. They are also focusing on areas that are prone to gridlock. In particular, says Waters, they're keeping an eye out for motorists caught blocking intersections when lights change.

The police are also paying special attention to parking lots. They use bicycles to get around, and have a mobile police station at hand where officers can file reports without leaving the area. The station doubles as a billboard, sending a message to crooks. Officer Ralph Burch says many people are appreciative of police visibility.

There are signs at all major intersections in the mall area. Those who ignore the signs and get caught will be ticketed. Last year, police say the would pull over four or five vehicles at a time for blocking an intersection.

Photographer:Rick Allen