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.
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.
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."
decision to change the light pattern was made after a study that included reviews
of the intersection traffic volume, crash history and turning patterns.
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.
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.
note: Media staging will be set-up at the intersection of N.C. 55/McCrimmon Parkwayon
Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. to allow cameras to safely
film the work.