East Charlotte community takes steps to make neighborhood intersection safer

- "If you see something where the public is in danger, unsafe, act," said concerned east Charlotte resident, Doug Foust. "Someone was going to get killed." 

On May 14, drivers noticed a partial road closure on Pegram Street and Parkwood Avenue. Charlotte Water is doing work that is expected to be completed on May 28.

When the construction started, road detour signs and blockades were put up. However, drivers and the nearby east Charlotte Belmont Community observed what they believe, to be an increase in accidents.

"I've seen five crashes," said Foust. "I'm sure there were more. People were getting hurt. Ambulances were coming."

So Foust and his neighbors started working together to see if they could get help at this intersection. They wanted to get results for their community. 

Foust called 911, 311 and other officials to bring attention to the issue.

After several days, they got the change they were looking for. Road crew workers were placed on the four corner intersection to direct the seven open lanes, with four different directions of traffic.

"I can sleep at night now," Foust said.

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