EXCLUSIVE: Davidson residents voice concern over dangerous intersection

- Folks in one local community are voicing their concerns about an intersection near where they live. It's an area they said is an accident waiting to happen. 

Yellow lights were flashing but cars weren't stopping, even for a father crossing the street on a bike with his daughter. 

The area is where Robert Walker Drive meets Davidson Concord Road. 

It's a section many are taking issue with. 

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about what happened at this intersection with my son," Jennifer Stuart said. 

Stuart's son, Mason, was hit by a truck at the intersection just a few years ago. He suffered a traumatic brain injury but has since recovered. 

Now the Stuart family wants changes at the intersection before it's too late. 

"And the fact that 112 accidents have happened on this stretch of road in the last seven years is certainly alarming and calls for change," Stuart explained. 

The speed limit changes between 55 and 45 mph. It's a residential neighborhood where kids play in a nearby park. 

"There's a lot of runners, there's a lot of bikers, there's a lot of children, there's a playground you know right over here, there's a field. I think it should be lowered," Stuart said. 

There is also a Greenway trail plenty of people cross. It's the same trail that starts to lead kids to a nearby school. 

It's the same school Mason Stuart was heading to when he was hit. 

"This intersection is an accident waiting to happen and my concern is that something else will happen and unfortunately that person may not be as lucky as Mason was," Stuart said. 

NCDOT officials said Davidson Concord Road has been studied several times over the past few years and they see no need to a speed limit change. 

The Stuarts said new neighborhoods are planned to go in around the area, which will only make the road more dangerous. 

"That just seems unreal considering the increased congestion that's about to happen and to think the speeds are already too high," Stuart said. 

The Stuarts, as well as other community members, plan to speak at the Davidson commissioners meeting this upcoming Tuesday where a resolution may be passed to ask NCDOT to lower the speed limit to 35 mph. 

 

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