This should be fun.
Greensboro is asking for your input on how to reconfigure the Battleground Avenue, Lawndale Drive and Westover Terrace corridor.
This is an infamous spaghetti of roads that can confuse even long time Greensboro residents and according to visitors is a nightmare.
When the current configuration first opened decades ago, it was said to be the only place in the state where a tractor trailer could run into itself.
Another story that made the rounds at the time was that a transportation engineering student at North Carolina State University copied the intersection, turned it in as his own design and received an F.
It’s more specifically the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (GUAMPO) and the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) asking for input.
“Residents are asked to detail their concerns about safety and other issues traveling to and through this area.”
An interactive feedback tool is supposed to be online later this week.
A public input session is scheduled for Monday, March 27 at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2100 Fernwood Dr., from 2 to 7 p.m. The session for area business and property owners is from 2 to 4 p.m. and the session for the general public from 5 to 7 p.m. But individuals can visit at any time.
The proposed project is in the early planning stages and construction funding has not been identified, which means actually seeing anything happen on the ground is likely years away.
One factor that has made the reconfiguration possible is that the railroad tracks that ran right down the middle of the area have been closed. As long as the railroad tracks were there, the options on reconfiguring this confusing confluence of streets was extremely limited. With the railroad tracks gone there are more options, probably even some that would be more frustrating and confusing than what is there now.
Greensboro Department of Transportation Director Hanna Cockburn in the press release said, “This important corridor has a variety of challenges, from a confusing layout to congestion to limited pedestrian and cyclist access. We are asking residents, property owners, and businesses to help us identify specific issues and set goals for improvements we would like to see NCDOT make in the next decade.”