The state Department of Transportation advises motorists to use Brawley School Road only when necessary, because the widening project is causing severe delays.
Carpool if you can, and use Brawley only during non-peak travel hours, transportation officials advise.
Brawley's widening from two to four lanes continues to cause lots of traffic headaches.
Homeowners along narrow, curvy Webbed Foot Road got the N.C. Highway Patrol to begin ticketing numerous motorists for speeding and other traffic violations recently. Webbed Foot Road is serving as a detour for the next six months between Canvasback and Brawley School roads.
Webbed Foot Road resident Lisa Delano said her 25-mph subdivision street turned into an immediate danger zone for homeowners trying to pull out of their driveways and for children playing along the road.
She called out warnings to children walking along the road, urging them to stay in their yards because of the sudden onslaught of vehicles in their once-hidden neighborhood near Mallard Head Country Club.
Other residents said they find themselves stuck in long Brawley School Road backups with no warning.
"It took me 1.25 hours from my residence off McKendree Road to drive the 3 miles to my church, Williamson's Chapel," at Brawley School and Williamson roads, resident Terry Blythe said in a letter to the Observer about an April 18 backup.
"My family could not attend church services today because we were stuck in the traffic jam," Blythe wrote. "We were, in turn, late for all other activities that we had planned for the day. In returning home at 4:30 in the afternoon, we were once again greeted with a traffic jam going back into the Brawley School area."
The state urges residents to visit the project's Website, www.ncdot.gov/projects/BrawleySchoolRoad/, for general information about the project
Information about daily lane closures can be found under "incidents" on the project Web site and at www.ncdot.gov/travel.
Residents can also call the resident DOT engineer's office at 704-876-3543.