LUMBERTON — The N.C. Division of Transportation plans to transform two Robeson County crossroads into all-way stops as an interim security measure till roundabouts may be constructed, beginning Monday in Parkton.
State Transportation Division employees will convert U.S. 301 and Parkton Tobermory Road in Parkton to an all-way cease on Monday, in keeping with a Wednesday press launch. The intersection at N.C. 710 at Prospect Road in Prospect shall be transformed on July 12.
The all-way cease conversions will start about 8 a.m. on each scheduled dates and be accomplished by early afternoon, in keeping with NCDOT. If it rains on both day, the challenge shall be rescheduled.
Motorists ought to take into account avoiding these intersections throughout the conversions and journey by them cautiously whereas work is underway.
“We’re putting in all-way stops throughout the state the place they’re warranted and the place the info present we’re having an issue with T-bone crashes. They’re an awesome, cost-effective, bang-for-your-buck manner to enhance the protection of an intersection with out spending a lot cash,” mentioned Andrew Barksdale, an NCDOT spokesman.
“For these two places, we finally need to construct roundabouts, which is able to exchange the cease indicators when accomplished. Roundabouts take extra time and cash to fund and construct, however they’d be an enormous enchancment at these two intersections,” he added.
There have been a complete of 30 crashes, with 17 resulting in accidents and one to loss of life, on the Parkton intersection, in keeping with an intersection evaluation report from NCDOT’s Site visitors Engineering Accident Evaluation System. The crashes had been recorded from Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2017. Ten angled crashes had been reported throughout that point.
There have been 24 complete crashes on the Prospect intersection from June 1, 2014, to Might 31, 2019, in keeping with the report. Fifteen of these crashes led to accidents.
“There’s a sample of frontal influence crashes (14 out of 24), 4 of which had been run-stop-sign. The rest did not yield,” in keeping with a challenge justification sheet for the Prospect challenge, signed by NCDOT engineers Susie James and Janet Whetstone-Perez.
Changing intersections into all-way stops has been proven to cut back fatalities and accidents by 77%, in keeping with NCDOT. Earlier this 12 months, the division transformed seven different Robeson County intersections to all-way cease intersections.
The engineering modifications are consistent with the protection objectives of the Robeson County Imaginative and prescient Zero process pressure, a bunch with the objective to cut back county visitors deaths to zero.
The all-way cease additions are meant to decrease the chance for severe crashes till roundabouts may be funded and constructed at each places as a long-term enchancment for security and visitors movement, in keeping with NCDOT.
Building of the roundabout at U.S. 301 and Parkton Tobermory Street is scheduled to begin in September, with the all-way cease remaining in place throughout building. The timeline for putting in a roundabout on the Prospect location has not been set.
For extra data, go to NCDOT’s all-way cease and roundabout net pages discovered on NCDOT.gov.