During the week of Oct. 22, the N.C. Department of Transportation
plans to modify the existing intersection of N.C. 42 and U.S. 258 south of Tarboro to include a four-way stop. The intersection currently has stop signs in place on U.S. 258 but traffic on N.C. 42 is not required to stop.This intersection is being converted to a four-way stop following an NCDOT investigation that found traffic volumes and other factors warranted installing the additional stop signs on U.S. 258. Crews will also paint stop bars on the road to show motorists where to stop. If inclement weather affects the area, NCDOT will postpone making the changes until the weather permits. On-site flagmen will control traffic through the intersection while work is underway. 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 wait. 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 and pedestrians.For more information on navigating intersections, consult the North Carolina Driver's Handbook. To get a copy, call 1-877-DOT-4YOU or visit: www.ncdot.gov/dmv. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.