Clandestine Postal Stakeout Completed. Results.

A reader who lives over on Yellow Popular Avenue expressed dismay at the amount of postal trucks that were cutting through their neighborhood to get out to S. Franklin Street.

The reader said, “At least 8-10 times per day, U.S. Postal delivery vehicles, including a large box truck, use Yellow Poplar Ave., as a cut thru to Franklin St. A trail of postal vehicles leaves the post office in the morning and then return to the post office in the afternoon. This is a neighborhood with a 25 mph speed limit. These vehicles are exceeding the speed limit and should be using East Holding Ave., a main thoroughfare, to access Franklin St. when leaving and returning from their routes.” – Source

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Finally having the right schedule for the day and nothing to do at 10 am we did what any other Wake Forest investigative reporter would do, the worlds most boring stakeout waiting to count postal trucks. Not to burst your bubble, it was just as exciting as it sounds. Thank goodness we had a large coffee to tide us over.

And when we say it was clandestine, what we mean to say is we didn’t get out of the car.

During the one hour period we sat there, from 10 am to 11 am when the reader said was peak traffic, we counted a total of 13 postal trucks that passed down the road making the cut through as the reader suggested. During the same time we observed about an equal number of cars making the journey as well.

And while a few of the postal trucks appeared to have a lead foot, the cars appeared to go as fast or even faster in some cases.

We will contact the post office and bring this to their attention and see if the trucks can’t pass in front of the Post Office instead of doing the shortcut through the neighborhood. But it does not appear they have any obligation to comply since this is a public road.

Fingers crossed, we shall see what happens.

Not to make this story a complete waste, here is a picture of a pretty tree that we stared out for any hour on our stakeout.

The stakeout tree.
The stakeout tree.

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