Albemarle council addresses traffic concerns at intersection of Anderson Road and Woodhurst Lane
The Albemarle City Council recently discussed traffic concerns near the intersection of Anderson Road and Woodhurst Lane.
Several residents have been voicing complaints recently of increased traffic volume, vehicles avoiding stops at the four-way stop intersection and speeding in the surrounding area.
“I’m experiencing the worst of the neighborhood,” Mandy Smith, who lives at the corner of Anderson Road and Woodhurst Lane, told council.
She noted that cars routinely zip through her neighborhood at 45 to 50 mph, well above the 35 mph speed limit. The only visible speed limit sign, she said, is located near Preformed Line Products.
“If there were a police officer stationed in my driveway, they could pay their entire salary with a month of tickets,” Smith said.
She told council that she and other residents would like the speed limit reduced to 25 mph.
Smith also mentioned that few people stop at the four-way intersection, which she said “has got to be one of the busiest intersections in town.” At one point, she told council, she counted 100 cars pass through the intersection, of which only 15 actually stopped.
“We need some help down there,” she added.
Albemarle officials, including Public Works Director Ross Holshouser, Planning Director Kevin Robinson, Assistant City Manager Nyky Hardy and former police chief David Dulin, visited the intersection in late May to see the issues to determine possible actions that could be taken.