RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation has modified the intersection of Lemon Springs Road and St. Andrews Church Road in Lee County to a four-way stop. The intersection, located south of Sanford, previously had stop signs at St. Andrews Church Road, but motorists on Lemon Springs Road could travel through it without stopping.
The changes on Lemon Springs Road include installing "Stop Ahead" signs, a flashing red light on top of the Stop signs and an overhead flashing red beacon. "Stop Ahead" pavement markings will be put in place next week. Portable message signs alerting drivers on that road of the changes are also in place and will remain there for a few weeks.
This conversion had been planned for a few years ago, but residents in the area had asked for the intersection to be re-evaluated. Since that time, there have been 20 crashes at the intersection that involved vehicles stopping at St. Andrews Church Road and then pulling out in front of on-coming traffic on Lemon Springs Road. The traffic volume at the intersection does not meet minimum criteria for a traffic signal, so the four-way stop is the most appropriate means to improve safety at this location.
As drivers approach the intersection, they are advised to follow these right-of-way rules:
The first vehicle to the intersection has the right of way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived;
When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way;
The vehicle with the right of way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must yield. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right of way; and
Even with the right of way, remember to use the appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles.
For more information on navigating intersections, consult the
North Carolina Driver's Handbook. To get a copy, call 1-877-DOT-4YOU or visit