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Easing traffic congestion in Charlotte as more people hit the road



CHARLOTTE Local Charlotte News — As more people move to Charlotte by the hundreds every week, and thousands more head back to the office; commuting and rush hour traffic is a problem again for commuters.

In North Charlotte, traffic engineers are looking back at the year since the intersection of Mt. Holly/Huntersville Road at Brookshire Blvd was transformed into a Continuous Flow Intersection.

“Seems like it’s worse — it’s confusing if you’ve never been here. with the way the traffic lights go. If you make a wrong turn you can cause an accident.”

One driver told FOX 46 they think the flow of traffic is better, but the complexity of the new crossover can cause issues.

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The idea of a Continuous Flow Intersection is to move turning traffic out of the way of through traffic so those drivers can continue unimpeded. A new form of traffic circle that is most compared to a diverging diamond interchange. Chris Sunde, traffic engineer and founder of says these kind of projects are done for one reason.

“You have to take each intersection into consideration individually — it’s a custom design every time. Turning left in front of traffic is the most dangerous turn. Agencies like the Charlotte and North Carolina Department of Transportation — what they’re trying to do is improve safety and efficiency.”

Sunde says that this first-in-Carolina intersection is being looked at intensely by other states and cities to study its effectiveness at reducing traffic congestion.

“They’re looking at their peers — other cities around seeing what works. Their problems are similar but different — always trying to find solutions that will work for them.”

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