Officials study safety of intersection near Reagan

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PFAFFTOWN, N.C. — The intersection at Transou and Balsom roads in Pfafftown was always dangerous, nearby residents say. But in the seven years since Reagan High School opened at that intersection, it has become, in the words of one former crossing guard, “definitely the spot in Pfafftown that everyone’s afraid of.”

Now, Winston-Salem transportation officials are studying that intersection after complaints from nearby residents that heavy traffic from the school has made that intersection unsafe.

Stan Polanis, the city’s transportation director, said officials are reviewing traffic numbers and accident reports to help them decide whether to install a stoplight at Transou and Balsom.

Mike Lee, a former sheriff’s deputy and crossing guard at Reagan High School, said that the worst times for traffic are — predictably — when school starts and ends.

“You have people who are in a hurry, and either trying to beat the school traffic in the afternoons or get to school because they’re running late,” Lee said. “They would come around the curve on Transou too rapidly, and it could create some scary situations.”

This article was written by Laura Graff and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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