If you're from Zebulon you've learned to expect one thing from your drive to the fast food oasis that is the Triangle East shopping center — the ground surface hasn't been repaved in ages.
Funny is watching an entire row of cars eluding a speed bump that only rises to a maximum height of four inches. Not funny is hitting a pothole deep enough to bottom-out your SUV.
Locals will confess the eroded pavement didn't just pop up yesterday. In fact I'm not even from Zebulon, but do have friends around town and on the outskirts of Wendell, and I remember the lot being in no better shape one year after I graduated high school. I might not be 40, but that would have been in 2003, so add six years of decay to what was an already withering pavement and the
finished product is what is seen today.
The town officials always seems to make good calls when it comes to the best interest of the citizens with a mind for practicality, and maybe the shopping center was one of those that came before their time in office. The layout of the shopping center certainly is not practical, so it must be a simple case of once its there, along with all the restaurants, you can't simply tear it up and rebuild around it.
But I'm betting a good deal of citizens wish that could happen. Getting in a out of the fast food joints on the east side of the center is awkward. Who knows who's got the right of way, especially when two streets (that are allegedly the same street) meet at a T with no signage, and where drive-throughs from three eateries spill out on to those streets within feet of each other.
I think it's just poor planning from the beginning, and now maybe the town is just waiting for the lot to turn to sand (which it soon will from the looks of things) so it can do the makeover right the first time — a good plan if it's got to get done.
Hopefully that's the case. If you're any bit like me you've thought about getting something to eat over there, but traffic and poor roads are what linger in your head at the thought instead of delicious, not necessarily healthy, fast food.
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