Fix deadly curve
One month ago, another person lost his life in northeast Durham on Hamlin Road just before it intersects with Old Oxford Highway.
A nearly right-angle curve was created there several years ago instead of the straight “Y” intersection that existed for decades at the Catburg Store. The newer deadly curve is totally unmarked, near the end of that lovely meandering country road.
Is it unreasonable to expect a highway sign (sharp curve ahead, slower speed), a blinking light, some of those noisy strips across the highway that warn us of dangerous intersection approaches? How about a few street lights, some guard rails, perhaps, that would alert and possibly protect an unaware driver? Is there a regulation to guide a manageable radius of a curve on a country road? Is this curve within that radius?
Finally, what is a reasonable length of time for the N.C. Department of Transportation to respond with safety measures to the deaths and accidents that have already occurred at this spot? Hopefully, without further delay!
Anna Ludwig Wilson
Editor’s note: The writer is the grandmother of Nathan Harrison, who died May 3, 2015, on Hamlin Road. Harison, a 2008 graduate of Riverside High School and 2013 graduate of UNC, would have turned 25 on Tuesday.
First, we want to thank you for the information on the U.S. 15-501 Business road diet plan (DN, June 7). We own a rental building that houses Chelsey Antiques and other business on a lower level along that stretch of road. The only information that we have had about changing the road has come from your paper. By the time we saw the first article, it was too late for us to get to the meeting, and it sounded like a fairly good idea to us, so we just did not worry about it.
However, we had understood that things were being done to improve the attractiveness of the area, not just repainting the lines on the same area of pavement. I would like to see some landscaping and trees added. I do think that, and making the area safer would add to the businesses’ value rather than detracting from it.
That building is a major life investment for us, and we are upset that no one from the city has made any effort to let us know what is going on, as it can greatly affect our property. We will certainly try to get in touch with the town this week.
William and Frances Moore
Enforce speed limit
U.S. 15-501 Business a dangerous highway?
Let’s support our local businesses and enforce the speed limit. Have you noticed, NOBODY speeds through Beaulaville!
I live in the Rockwood neighborhood next to these businesses along U.S. 15-501 Business. I’ve walked my girls in their stroller from Dyer’s Taylors, to Fosters, to Guglhupf, to Rockwood Park, etc. Sprinting across five lanes with two babies is not easy.
Personally, I would frequent these restaurants much more if I could easily walk there with my family. Right now I just make the dangerous walk because it irritates the heck out of me to drive to something that is only a block away from my house (and then circle the lot looking for parking). I’m sure I’m not the only neighbor/customer that feels this way.
Sidewalks, bike lanes, and trees would make this area much more beautiful and more of a destination in Durham instead of a dangerous eye sore.
Jessica Benton Lobdell
Could vs. currently
So much focus on how this COULD affect business, and way, way way too little focus on how vehicle and bike travelers, pedestrians, and the hundreds of nearby residences are CURRENTLY (not possibly sometime in the future based on feelings) suffering the consequences of this demonstrably unsafe roadway.
The City Council really punted this one, but I will be at that meeting on June 22. I don’t care if this one goes until 3 in the morning.
via the durhamnews.com
Light rail needs scrutiny
An advisory panel voted to eliminate light rail and commuter rail from consideration in Wake County. Transit consultants found serious problems with light rail, and commuter rail had difficulties with reliability and frequency of service.
Wake County's delay to proceed with rail transit planning until now may have been a blessing in disguise. If Wake's former rail plans had proceeded years ago, possibly $20 million would have been spent on plans. Such an investment would have made it difficult to seek a secondary opinion from independent transit consultants.
The result is that Wake County has a new Rapid Rail transit proposal that makes sense and hopefully will get built someday.
The Durham-Orange light rail plan needs the same scrutiny from independent transit consultants. This light rail system does not connect to Wake County's new rail proposal, and even if it did, the route from Chapel Hill to RTP or Raleigh would be so indirect that passengers would travel 13 miles out of their way. I doubt that a 26 mile round trip added to your daily work commute would be very attractive. Catching a bus or driving yourself would save almost an hour every day.
New alternative light rail plans for Durham-Orange would eliminate the 13 mile inefficiency and provide faster service to Durham. New plans also demonstrate lower cost, greater safety, higher ridership, and more opportunities for housing and development around stations. It's an opportunity to change for the better.
More than just paint
Let’s stick to the facts as we know them
We agree a stop light is needed with a countdown crosswalk.
We agree police support dealing with speeders (and maybe a flashing speed monitor) would be helpful.
We agree safe sidewalks and paths for pedestrians and cyclists are needed.
We agree we want the state to resurface the boulevard.
Hopefully we can agree that if all parties had been afforded the opportunity for input during the planning stages we might not be having this dialogue.
There are 55 business owners, almost 100 percent, that oppose the Road Diet as designed.
There are over 100 patrons and neighbors that oppose the Road Diet as designed.
We have a large investment at stake and would like to work with all parties for the good of Durham.
Let’s push the restart button. We can get it right if we all work together.
It’s a lot more than just paint on the road.
Hair By Design
What part of ‘fabric?’
In his profound column “The nuances of rights, religion,” (N&O, June 3) J. Peder Zane asserted that opposition to homosexuality is “part of the warp and weft of the fabric of belief” and that “branding opponents as bigots ... is applying the vocabulary of politics to faith.”
At the heart of the matter is that the “fabric” of Christian belief is threadbare, at least in spots – one of the big spots being our almost obsessive preoccupation with sex in determining gravitas in matters moral.
So it depends on what part of the “fabric” we are using to determine right action.
Some Christians, “informed by our faith,” see Jesus in the Scriptures dismissing those who criticized his acceptance of those they considered to be sexual “outcasts.” We see him teaching instead that injustices against society’s vulnerable are the greatest moral evils.
We believe that if Jesus were walking our streets today, he’d be focusing on the state’s one in four children living in poverty, the 500,000 who’ve been denied Medicaid, the disproportionate incarceration of black males, our love affair with guns and our callousness toward immigrant families.
Zane has done a favor by inviting us to think deeply on same-gender unions. We are obliged, as people of good will, to bring all our best powers of discernment to bear. And what part of our faith’s “fabric” we use will be critical in determining a just outcome.
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