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Intersection needs council’s attention

Published 7:58pm Tuesday, January 29, 2013

To the editor:

I wonder whether members of City Council have traveled down Nansemond Parkway, between Bennetts Pasture and Wilroy roads between 7:30 and 9 a.m. on weekdays.

It is a nightmare, an accident waiting to happen.

First of all, it is crazy not to have a traffic light at the intersection of Nansemond Parkway and Bennetts Pasture Road. You do not have to be an engineer to recognize that a light is badly needed there. Just making a right turn out of Bennetts Pasture Road onto Nansemond Parkway is dangerous. If you try to make a left turn, you are endangering your life and the lives of others as well.

When City Council gave Norfolk Southern permission to use the railroad near the intersection of Nansemond Parkway and Wilroy Road, this just made a very bad situation even worse.

When a train crosses this two-lane road, traffic is sometimes tied up for 30-45 minutes from the intersection of Nansemond Parkway and Wilroy Road to Nansemond River High School.

Council did not provide for a right turn lane on Nansemond Parkway or a left turn lane to be built on Wilroy Road to allow for at least some movement. Why was such a measure not taken?

About a month ago, when a national drug store chain wanted to move into downtown, City Council gave them a very hard time, because the chain wanted its customers to be allowed to exit onto Main Street.

One councilman said, “I cannot, in good conscience, vote to allow the drug store chain to make a right turn onto Main Street because of the potential for a accident to happen.”

Where was that same good conscience when it came to the safety of the citizens of Nansemond Parkway and others who take that route?

Michael Jones

  • jameshere

    They would rather give raises and add new positions. Not anything for the taxpayers. You voted those turkeys in. Not me . Council must go.

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  • dollyb12

    I believe Bennett’s is the correct spelling – the road is named after one guy, not his whole family. Also, while work is being done at Nansemond Pkwy and Shoulders Hill Road, Suffolk needs to take a VERY close look at the intersection of Nansemond Pkwy and the road that leads into Suffolk Meadows residential neighborhood right there across from 84Lumber. The lane on Nansemond Pkwy heading toward downtown is so narrow right there where the turn lane is for drivers coming from downtown Suffolk direction. Not only is the lane sinking into the large creek (with no guardrail to catch you), but when I am sitting in the left turn lane to enter Suffolk Meadows a lot of the traffic coming toward me is speeding and actually riding into my lane. I’m telling everybody I know to NOT look to move to Suffolk — it’s miserable, especially trying to get to the nearest grocery store or drugstore or to maneuver from one end of it to another with such a serious lack of roads. Just wish we could move out of Suffolk (and Hampton Roads) ASAP, but our health issues are keeping us from acting on that desire.

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  • MrJiggyFly

    “Above their paygrade”. Somebody just broke wind in the room! That statement is bursting with truth.

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  • 7l

    Council also green lighted Centrer point to build a large railyard near lakeland High. Trains will cross approximatley 12-14 Suffolk intersections from Northern Suffolk, through the downtown area without any impact study. (Although I think this decision came from way above council’s payugrade)The major players are China, Maersk, The Federal Government, & the State. This will end up costing Suffolk. The capitol budget proposal already contains a request to borrow 7.7 million to build a road to bypass Kenyon and route trucks through the
    Center Point development. This was pointed out as a possible solution at an initial meeting about the Center point development. So instead of Center point paying for a road that will benefit them by allowing trucks from the Kenyon road warehouses direct access to the railyard Suffolk citizens will have to pay for this. We were told that the development would bring in 2 million a year in revenues. Looks like the first four years are gone. How many other projects will have to be undertaken to mitigate the impact from this development?

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