The N.C. Department of Transportation announced nine busy and dangerous intersections in northeastern and southern Wayne County will undergo four-way stop transformation to improve safety.
LMJ Pavement Marking LLC, of Willow Spring, received a $500,000 contract to make the changes beginning this month and continue through the fall.
DOT traffic engineers studied the intersections and determined they warranted all-way stops to reduce the risk of crashes. The recommendations were made in part due to the crash history, the angle of each intersection and the topography that can hinder the view of opposing traffic.
Southern areas include N.C. Highway 111 at Zion Church Road, Indian Springs at Northeast Church Road, N.C. Highway 55 at Camp Jubilee Road, U.S. Highway 13 at Woodland Church and Durham Lake roads and N.C. 55 at Kelly Springs Road.
Eastern areas include Pikeville-Princeton Road at Hinnant Road near Northwest Elementary School, Airport Road at Mt. Carmel Church Road, N.C. 111 at Stoney Creek Church Road and N.C. 111 at Daw Pate Road.
Each four-way stop will have additional stop signs, warning signs for drivers and new traffic patterns. Intersections that already have flashers will be changed so they flash red in all four directions.
The contractor has the flexibility to make the changes in any order, but must do each one on a Wednesday as weather permits. The contractor will be required to notify the public with signs at least two weeks before the change is made.
Drivers who encounter these intersections on the day of installation should slow down, be cautious and follow directions from flaggers directing traffic.