Highway concerns in Gastonia

- Following recent accidents Fox 46 checked out how dangerous it is to drive on I-85.

NCDOT says this is a problem they have been wanting to fix for a while. 

Highway patrol says the 9 mile stretch between mile markers 14 and 23 on I-85 is taken over by many tractor trailors, sometimes leading to accidents.

"They just can't slow down quick enough. When traffic goes from 60 to 0, they have a lot of trouble stopping suddenly," NC Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Huffstickler said.

Highway patrol says they respond to the most accidents in Gastonia near mile-marker 17 and 23.

"Northbound near the 23, when you come around the curb, the sun is in folk's eyes. They instantly slow down a lot. And that's a big crash area for us," Huffstickler said.

NCDOT says about 100,000 vehicles travel down this stretch every day right along the Gaston Mecklenburg County line.

They're currently constructing a weigh station in Kings Mountain to eliminate the tractor trailer backup near the Catawba River.

"With the elimination of that weigh station and moving to a new weigh station hopefully it's going to take away some of that congestion caused as trucks exit and re-enter I-85," Jordan Ashley with NCDOT said.

NCDOT says they have several projects planned over the next 10 years to alleviate congestion problems. Highway patrol is hoping this will eliminate the amount of accidents that happen along that stretch.

 

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