STALLINGS, N.C. — David Allison has become popular in Stallings over the last few months. Residents are used to seeing him as he stands along busy Potter Road holding a sign everyday.
What You Need To Know
- David Allison began standing near Potter Road in April
- He’s created a website to fix Potter Road that has received over 1,000 signatures from the public
- According to NCDOT’s crash database, there have been 67 crashes at this intersection in the last five years
“I’m just kind of an individual,” he said. “I’m not a big community organizer, and I said, ‘Well, maybe one person can make a difference.’”
Sixteen years ago Allison and his wife moved from Charlotte to Stallings for a much slower pace of life.
“This road was still in poor condition then and it was still too much traffic on it then,” he said. “It’s just escalated over the last 16 years.”
After years of waiting on much needed improvements, Allison decided to take things into his own hands back in April. He began standing near the intersection of Potter Road and Pleasant Plains Road holding a sign to a website he created: FixPotterRd.com.
The website is drumming up community support to repair the road.
“I can remember being excited the day I got 25 sign ups, and then I got 100, and then 500 and now I got over 1,000,” he said.
Spectrum News 1 reached out to the North Carolina Department of Transportation who shared that from August 2016 to July 2021 there’s been a total of 67 crashes that have taken place at that intersection.
According to the North Carolina crash database, 54 of those crashes were property damage only crashes.
In 2013, the Town of Stallings entered into a municipal agreement with NCDOT to improve the intersection, but as of mid-September, all that has been installed are new left turn signals.
Allison plans to stay out at this intersection for as long as it takes so that his community can get the results they’ve spent years waiting on.
“I know it’s not going to happen overnight,” he said. “Nothing happens overnight. We must maintain this momentum and we must stay on it.”
NCDOT Communications Officer Jen Thompson provided this information about the intersection:
“There is a project in development to build turn lanes on all four approaches to this intersection that will be administered by the Town. We’ve been working with the town to make some improvements in the interim. In June, our maintenance crews did some patching, ditching and shoulder work to help improve drainage and driving conditions. The Department also implemented an agreement with the town to install an interim left turn signal for northbound Potter Road and eastbound Pleasant Plains Road to help ease congestion. The town is paying for this effort. Those signals went into activation Sept. 15. We will continue to work with the town and monitor conditions until the larger project is constructed.”
Spectrum News 1 also reached out to the Town of Stallings for a statement. The town manager shared that the town has a website that keeps a running update for the public on what’s going on with the intersection.
You can view the website with the latest updates here.