Highland Creek neighbors want stoplight at dangerous intersection

- Could a stoplight soon be coming to a dangerous intersection in North Charlotte? That's a question FOX 46 is trying to get answered.

Residents who live in the Highland Creek neighborhood say the Eastfield Rd. and Highland Creek Parkway intersection is extremely dangerous.

An accident took place there just Wednesday night.

They want to see a stoplight installed immediately.

"It's been scary ever since I've lived here," said Resident Brenda Reid.

"Very dangerous," added Resident Ed Simmons. "A lot of accidents at five in the afternoon and in the morning time."

It's one thing several residents in the Highland Creek neighborhood can definitely agree on.

"They need to work on it real quick," said Reid. "It's scary."

The residents say there's a huge need for a traffic light where Eastfield Road meets Highland Creek Parkway.

"They need a traffic light ASAP," said Simmons.

"We need a traffic light," added Resident Silvia Stange. "We see them going everywhere else-- but not here."

"We definitely need stoplights," said Reid.

They say the intersection is dangerous-- and many go out of their way to avoid it completely when they can.

"People have squeeled behind me and have gone off the road to avoid hitting me," said Reid. "It's very scary."

"You try to go to work in the morning from 6:30 to 8:30 and there's so much traffic," said Stange. "The cars going on Eastfield either way are traveling 50 to 60 miles an hour and to be able to go out and turn left, it's just dangerous."

Residents say they've been promised a stoplight, but when it will be installed is the real question.

"We can't do anything about the speed or the slow down," Stange said. "The county has said it will be coming in the next 18 months to two years and it's been about two years-- it's just getting worse."

"I've heard them talk about it, but I haven't seen any progress on a traffic light," added Simmons.

According to the city's transportation services website-- a new traffic signal has been approved and there are plans to install it with a new 'Stream Realty' apartment development. But as for the timeline-- that has yet to be determined.

"We have no definite time period," said Stange.

And with the recent growth in the area, residents are hoping something will be done soon to alleviate the traffic backups and the dangers.

"It piles up," said Reid. "You can't take a left hand turn without being scared."

"It is a dangerous intersection," added Simmons. "They need a light there."

FOX 46 reached out to Stream Realty Partners to try to find out when a light will be installed, but we are waiting to hear back.

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