Family living along dangerous driveway gets results, NCDOT investigating

A family living on a dangerous driveway is getting results thanks to a story FOX 46 Charlotte ran last week.

On Monday morning the Department of Transportation came out to see what they can do to make the spot safer for both the family and drivers.

"It is a bad curve," said Joe Miller, NCDOT supervisor for the area.

Richard Baer, a father of two, who lives off of Catawba Valley Blvd. SE in Brookford with his wife and two sons, reached out to FOX 46 Charlotte when he said his next-door neighbor ignored multiple requests to cut down these trees, which according to Baer, would increase visibility for him and other drivers.

"My biggest concern out here is human life. The lives of my children, my family, and the other drivers," Baer explained. 

The masonic lodge master told FOX 46 Charlotte that Baer only reached out once about three years ago and when the lodge trimmed the bushes, they said they never heard back from Baer.

NCDOT measured how far they can cut down within their right-of-way which is 30 feet from the centerline.

The area supervisor said he'd also talk to the masonic lodge next-door to get try and get permission to cut back even further onto their property.

"Planning in the next week to get a tractor up here and mow some of this right-of-way back and if I can get permission from the property owner we may be able to exceed our right-of-way,” Miller said. 

As a matter of full disclosure, the NCDOT supervisor, Joe Miller, told the family and Fox 46 Charlotte that he himself is a mason, but not a member of the temple next-door. The family said they're worried about conflict of interest.

“Immediately meeting him he told me he was a mason and how much good work they do. I know that. That’s why this was my last resort,” Baer said. 

FOX 46 Charlotte will continue to take action to ensure the family and drivers get results.


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