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NCDOT converting Wake County intersection to an all-way stop

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will be modifying the intersection of Fanny Brown Road and Banks Road in southern Wake County to an all-way stop on February 22, weather permitting. Portable message boards letting motorists know about the change are being put in place today.

The intersection, located between U.S. 401 and Old Stage Road, currently requires vehicles on Banks Road to stop, while those using Fanny Brown Road can travel through without stopping. Banks Road comes into Fanny Brown Road at an angle from the east side.

About two years ago, safety improvements made at the intersection included the installation of additional traffic signs and stop bar lane markings, as well as the cutting back of vegetation to make the intersection more visible for motorists. However, it has since been determined an additional safety upgrade was needed. An investigation of the intersection shows there has been 17 reported crashes (12 angle type collisions) over the last five years.

Traffic volume at the intersection does not meet minimum criteria for a traffic signal, so the all-way stop is the most appropriate means to improve safety at this location.

The message signs alerting drivers of the changes will remain there for a few weeks as a reminder.

On four-way stops, drivers 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 1-877-368-4968 (DOT-4YOU) or visit

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2/15/2018 5:26 PM