Pinehurst Roundabout Not Seen As Solution To Traffic Problems

Posted November 17, 2004 10:31 a.m. EST

— People in Pinehurst say they need more options. Drivers say the traffic circle in the middle of the tranquil golf community is becoming a big traffic hassle.

Pinehurst built the traffic circle in 1956. Crews added extra lanes and signs before the 1999 U.S. Open, but that has been it for improvements. Pinehurst Village manager Andy Wilkison said the DOT should build an underpass.

"I wouldn't like to see an underpass or an overpass. I think that would ruin the ambiance of the area," driver Lois Richard said. "I think I guess what we have to do is reduce the number of cars that go through here."

DOT officials said the state has made as many improvements as they can to the circle for now. However, with the road budget very tight, it is about the best situation drivers can hope for.