Work to take place from 8 a.m. until noon
RALEIGH - On Wednesday, March 19, the N.C. Department of Transportation will make improvements to the intersection of Chicken Road and Deep Branch Road in Lumberton to enhance safety for drivers traveling in this Robeson County community.
This intersection is currently a two-way stop, with stop signs only in place on Chicken Road. NCDOT determined this intersection should be converted to a four-way stop following an investigation that found traffic volumes and other factors warranted installing stop signs onDeep BranchRoad. In the last five years, there have been 34 traffic crashes at this intersection, resulting in 22 injuries and 1 fatality.
In addition to installing stop signs, crews will also paint stop bars on the road to show motorists where to stop. On-site flagmen and law enforcement will control traffic through the intersection while work is underway.
Message signs will be placed at the intersection Wednesday, March 5 and remain in place until April 2 to notify drivers of the change.
As drivers approach the intersection, they are reminded to follow these right-of-way rules:
The first vehicle to the intersection has the right of way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived;
When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way;
The vehicle with the right of way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must wait. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right of way; and
Even with the right of way, remember to use the appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and pedestrians.
For more information on navigating intersections, consult the North Carolina Driver's Handbook. To get a copy, call 1-877-DOT-4YOU or visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv.
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