RALEIGH- The N.C.
Department of Transportation will begin work on reconfiguring the
intersection at Startown Road and 23rd Street Drive SE in Hickory on
Monday, July 8, weather permitting, to allow smoother traffic flow. The
intersection has been the location of several accidents in the past due to
amount of traffic that travels on 23rd Street Drive SE between Startown
Road and Catawba Valley Boulevard.
The project is
scheduled to be completed by the end of July. Lane closures on Startown Road
and 23rd Street Drive SE will be required, but traffic impacts are expected
to be minor.
As part of the project,
the current lane configuration on southbound Startown Road north of this
intersection will be modified from U.S. 70 so that the right lane will become a
dedicated right turn lane onto 23rd Street Drive SE, and the left
lane will become the through lane for southbound traffic on Startown
Road.A traffic island will be constructed on 23rd Street Drive
SE to allow only right turns off Startown Road.
Under the new
traffic pattern, traffic traveling north on Startown Road will no longer be
able to make a left turn onto 23rd Street Drive SE. Instead,
motorists will be required to make a left turn onto Catawba Valley Boulevard
and travel about a quarter-mile to the intersection of 23rd Street
Drive SE and make a right turn. Motorists traveling on 23rd Street
Drive SE will still be able to make both right and left turns onto Startown
This type of traffic
pattern change will help reduce the number of crashes caused by vehicles traveling
through this intersection.
Funding for this
project was made possible through the NCDOT Spot Safety Program. This program
allocates money to projects that will reduce crashes and enhance motorist
safety on roads that meet specific accident criteria.
information, contact NCDOT District Engineer Michael Poe at (704) 748-2400.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An image of the work area is below.