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Newly Realigned Union Cross Road Intersection to Open Monday in Forsyth County

NCDOT will set traffic signals on flash mode over next few days to prepare drivers

RALEIGH -After months of work, the N.C. Department of Transportation plans to open to traffic the newly realigned intersection of Union Cross and Wallburg roads in Forsyth County on Monday, Jan. 14, at 6 a.m. The revamped intersection will improve safety and help traffic flow more efficiently through the area.

The new design changes the layout of the intersection. Previously, Wallburg Road dead ended at Union Cross Road. Because drivers had to wait at a stop sign before turning onto Union Cross Road or yield to oncoming traffic before turning onto Wallburg Road, traffic congestion was common at the intersection during peak travel times.

The new alignment will alleviate that bottleneck. Wallburg Road will now become Union Cross Road at the intersection, eliminating the turn and giving motorists more direct access. The new design also shifts the location of Hayes Road from the U.S. 311/Union Cross Road interchange to the Union Cross Road/Wallburg Road intersection. The move was necessary to provide the space needed to widen the U.S. 311/Union Cross Road interchange and build a wider ramp at the current location.

The new Union Cross Road/Wallburg Road intersection will feature traffic signals to move vehicles through the area efficiently. The previous alignment had stop signs only. To prepare motorists for this change, NCDOT today will set the traffic signals to flash yellow or red, depending on the direction of travel. The department will change the traffic signals from flash mode to their regular cycles on Monday morning.

Leading up to the opening, crews will complete paving for the new alignment, put down pavement markings and install the traffic signals.

This new intersection is part of NCDOT's Union Cross Road Widening Project. The $30.3 million project will widen 4.2 miles of the road from Sedge Garden Road north of I-40 to Wallburg Road just south of U.S. 311, and install the area's first diverging diamond interchange at I-40. Construction started in April 2012, with final completion set for Nov. 15, 2015.

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8/27/2018 8:19 AM

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