'Not in my backyard' Huntersville neighbors protest Highway 73 widening project

- Concerned neighbors say road work along highway 73 could cost them a third of their yard. The project is in the Huntersville near Blythe landing.

“All of us can say the traffic here is terrible. Something needs to be done,” said Tiffany Redmon.

Something is being done. NCDOT wants to widen highway 73. The project, though, will ensure people who live along the highway will have construction literally in their backyard.

“They are trying to squeeze it in and not take any of our land,” Redmon said

The road, which is already close to Kelly Park Circle homes' property lines, would come right up to their fence, which means during construction there will be equipment in their yards.

“How are they going to protect our family, people with pets?” Redmon questioned. “When they do remove the fence, that's the only barrier between us and the road.”

Residents feel like their concerns and suggestions aren't being heard.
They're not only offering up a piece of their land; they're offering to sell their homes.

“It's not easy for us,” said Rachel Workman who also lives right next to Highway 73, “because we love living here. We love our neighbors. It's a wonderful neighborhood,” she continued, “but we would rather them take our whole house than just take part of our backyard and leave us with safety issues, and noise issues and privacy issues.”

Cars have already come crashing through their fence. Many families who live on the other side of it have young kids. They hoped to raise their families here, but never expected the growth would infringe on their dream.

The community will have a chance to voice their concerns at a meeting Monday night at 6:30 pm at the Brookdale clubhouse.

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