Twice in recent months, residents who live near a proposed new residential development have expressed concerns over the additional traffic that will be created when hundreds of new neighbors move in.
The trend is one government officials in Garner should take note of.
The town has benefitted from the new U.S. 70 interchange along Interstate 40 and in a few years time, N.C. 540 will provide motorists with another high-volume way to move around Garner. But in each case that a new development comes along, there will need to be roads that can handle – truly handle – the influx of new traffic.
As it turns out, Garner is in the early stages of updating its transportation plan. There will be guidance in the plan on issues such as mass transit and how to create a network of new roads to serve undeveloped parts of town in the future as the town continues to grow.
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But until that plan is created and adopted – a process expected to take more than a year – the town’s planning staff should look with special care at the demands placed on existing roadways by new development. And, if a project meets the current guidelines for sufficiency, but the town knows as a practical matter that traffic jams will ensue, then the town ought not to wait for the new transportation plan to be adopted before looking at its own traffic policies and reviewing them for sufficiency.