Does the farmers market need a traffic light?

Jun. 10, 2013 @ 08:18 AM

Although 16,000 vehicles pass along Sandy Ridge Road each day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, it seems like more for many motorists.

Art Kainz of Kernersville is a regular produce and plant shopper.  The market is located just off Interstate 40 on Sandy Ridge Road.
“No question there is a lot of traffic,” he said Friday. “It does get busy.”
Levi Barnes, a vendor for a Candor produce company, said he deals with the traffic. “It gets busy, but I am all right with it,” he said. “I am not here that much.”
There are no immediate plans for a traffic signal at the Sandy Ridge Road entrance to the Farmers Market, but the whole area is under study for upgrades, said Mike Mills, N.C. Department of Transportation Engineer for Guilford County.
“It is hard to get out to the highway,” said Debbie Boovey of Statesville. “It’s not as hard to get in. It would be good to have a light.”
“This area does get congested.  The study is looking at the entire Sandy Ridge Road and Johnson Street area,” Mills said. “There could be more lanes needed, but the study is not completed. The whole area is an issue at the ramps leading to I-40.”
High Point is working with NCDOT and has hired a firm for the planning and environmental study and design/engineering work for the widening of Johnson Street and Sandy Ridge Road from Skeet Club Road to Interstate 40 in northwest High Point.
The city was approved for up to $9.4 million in federal funds for the study, but construction funding is not included. The entire project could cost as much as $50 million, according to estimates.

Count: 16,000 vehicles per day on Sandy Ridge Road.
Study:  The entire Sandy Ridge Road and Johnson Street area is under study for upgrades.