Residents worried about increase in traffic in neighborhood
NEW BERN, Craven County —
Concerned residents in the Ghent area will have their chance to voice their concerns about increased traffic in their part of New Bern.
Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen will meet and part of the meeting will be held to discuss closing off part of Second Street because of the traffic concerns. Randy Torran, like many in the neighborhood, isn't happy with how things have become. He moved to the area two years ago and wasn't aware of what he was getting into in regards to the traffic situation.
"When we first saw the house, we saw it on a Saturday on a holiday weekend and there was peace and quiet and it was wonderful," Torran said. "But when we actually moved in, we noticed what a problem situation we had here with the traffic going down in the middle of a residential area."
Torran lives right next to Second Street, which gets used as a cut-through between Country Club Road and Trent Boulevard. After years of complaints, he's thrilled the issue is on the aldermen's agenda.
"I'm very excited to see they are addressing the issue," Torran said.
A 2016 traffic study showed an average of 1,675 cars a day go down that street. That makes not only traffic a concern for some but safety as well.
"I have a toddler and that's always a little nerve wracking when a car is whizzing down the road and if he was to run out there or something it would just be a horrible thing," said Liana Merrill.
Tuesday, the aldermen will consider closing Second Street between Rhem Avenue and Trent Boulevard for 90 days to conduct traffic studies. The closure would run from Feb. 19-May 20.
It's a proposal many families support and think will improve an otherwise great neighborhood.
"Honestly, if it helped traffic flow and stopped some of the people who are speeding through this neighborhood and just the through traffic, all for it," said David Merrell.