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NCDOT Converting Lee County intersection to a Four-Way Stop

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will be converting the intersection of Swann's Station Road and Frank Wicker Road/McDougald Road southeast of Sanford at the Lee-Harnett County line to a four-way stop on Tuesday, Oct. 2, weather permitting. The current setup allows traffic on Swann's Station Road to travel through the intersection, while traffic on Frank Wicker Road/McDougald Road is stopped by an overhead flashing red light.

Crews will change the flashing flight to be red in all directions, and approaches will also have stop bars and stop ahead pavement markings to help warn motorists of the new stop conditions.

The change is expected to make the intersection safer by reducing the number of angle type crashes at that location.

Message boards letting motorists know about the change were activated last week and will remain in place for two weeks after the conversion.

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 and/or pedestrians.


2/15/2018 5:25 PM