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Change Coming This Week to Traffic Signal Light at N.C. 55 and McCrimmon Parkway in Cary

RALEIGH - To improve safety at the intersection of N.C. 55 and McCrimmon Parkway in Cary, there will be a change in the existing traffic light pattern starting on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

The N.C. Department of Transportation, Town of Cary and Wake County Public School System partnered on a plan to add a protected green left turn arrow for vehicles going from northbound N.C. 55 onto McCrimmon Parkway during morning, lunch and afternoon school times. Panther Creek High School is on McCrimmon Parkway, 6/10ths of a mile from the intersection.

"Protecting our young drivers is always a top priority," said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. "These important changes will make the drive to and from school safer for hundreds of students through our partnership with the Town of Cary and WCPSS."

The decision to change the light pattern was made after a study that included reviews of the intersection traffic volume, crash history and turning patterns.

The Town of Cary will amend the light pattern between 9 and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, weather permitting. The new pattern will give the northbound left turn lane a protected green left turn arrow, with a red light in place for southbound traffic during the three times of day. That is when the left-turn volume is highest because of school-related traffic. Although drivers at these times will have the right of way, they should always make sure it is clear when making the left turn.

During other times of the day, a flashing yellow arrow will be in use, which means left-turning vehicles MUST yield to both opposing traffic and pedestrians crossing at the intersection.

Once the new pattern is in place, NCDOT and the Town of Cary will continue to evaluate traffic operations around the high school to ensure safe driving conditions.

Media note: Media staging will be set-up at the intersection of N.C. 55/McCrimmon Parkway

on Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. to allow cameras to safely film the work.

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2/15/2018 5:22 PM