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Section of N.C. 55 Bypass in Holly Springs Begins Conversion to Superstreet

RALEIGH -Drivers near the Holly Springs Towne Center project along N.C. 55 Bypass will notice a change in the traffic pattern starting today as work began on converting that stretch of highway into what is called a superstreet.

The changes will prevent drivers on the Bypass from making a left turn at the intersections with Green Oaks Parkway/West Holly Springs Road and New Hill Road/West Holly Springs Road.

They will also prevent all drivers coming off those side streets from going across the Bypass or making left turns onto it. Instead, they will have to turn right and use nearby signalized U-turn locations to access the side street on the opposite side or go in the opposite direction on the Bypass.

Once work on the intersections is completed in about four weeks, drivers on the Bypass will once again be able to make left turns at the two intersections. However, the change that requires drivers coming off the side streets to use the U-turn is permanent.

The changes are being implemented to accommodate anticipated additional traffic along the Bypass as a result of the recent opening of the final section of the Triangle Expressway, and the opening this spring of the shopping center at the intersection with New Hill Road/West Holly Springs Road.

The superstreet concept is being increasingly used in North Carolina and other states because it improves traffic flow for congested intersections, and the safety for motorists by reducing the chance for serious accidents.

The traffic flow improvements are the result of shorter traffic light stops on the main road, improving travel time along the main thoroughfare.

Even more importantly, superstreets reduce the risk of crashes and specifically the risk of severe crashes such as side-collisions or T-bone type accidents. Since the superstreet eliminates the two movements that are the highest risk for serious injury -side street cross-overs and left turns - the likelihood of severe and fatal incidents at the superstreet intersection are reduced.

These changes were approved by the N.C. Department of Transportation, and were built into the cost of the Holly Springs Towne Center project at the request of the Town of Holly Springs. They are being paid for by the shopping center developer.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.


8/27/2018 1:02 PM