Resident calls for light at ‘dangerous’ intersection

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Resident James Kornegay in an appearance before the Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners urged the board to consider a resolution he had prepared to fix a dangerous traffic problem on N.C. Highway 55 and Bert Martin Road.

Mayor Joe Scott told Kornegay he will make sure his concerns are passed on to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

“We, too, are concerned about the safety of our citizens,” Scott said.

Kornegay called the intersection “conflicted” and “dangerous” as he asked the town for immediate action to install a traffic light at the junction.

“We value the safety of each of our citizens, visitors, workers, shoppers, businesses, services, and travelers and their families,” Kornegay said in his resolution. “We are unwilling to sit back and wait for someone of this town, area, or anywhere to be killed before we take action.”

Scott also noted there is a similar problem at the N.C. 55 and Henderson Street intersection. Improvements to either intersection will require DOT approval since the highway is state-owned and state-maintained.

Scott is a member of the Regional Planning Organization Transportation Committee and said he will forward Kornegay’s recommendations onto that group.

The RPO serves as a recommendation arm of DOT.

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