CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Traffic slowed to a crawl on Mallard Creek Road in Northeast Charlotte as part of a commute that’s about to change. “This has ruffled our feathers here!” said Donnie Oehler, owner of Oehler’s BBQ Barn.
NCDOT says traffic on Mallard Creek Road toward Breezewood Drive will be shifted to the left of the existing road, continuing over a new bridge, and Mallard Creek Road will be shifted slightly to the right connecting with Odell School Road.
This is all part of the construction of the first “diverging diamond interchange” in North Carolina. Transportation officials say the design is meant to reduce crashes and congestion.
“I hope it will work better,” said Oehler.
Oehler has mapped out the plans on a poster board he keeps inside his family business.
The banquet facility sits on property his family has owned for nearly two centuries. He’s watched as the roads have changed from dirt to pavement, and isn’t optimistic about what’s next.
“When this road opens up. We haven’t seen nothing yet. I mean we ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s going to come,” said Oehler.
The traffic shift begins at 9a.m. Thursday. NCDOT says it should be complete by December, 2014.
The Mallard Creek Community Organization has a meeting scheduled with transportation officials at the Oehler’s Barbecue Barn Thursday night at 6:30p.m.