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Safety Changes Coming Next Month for Scotland Co. Intersection

Raleigh -To improve the safety for motorists driving through the Scotland County intersection of U.S. 15-501 (Aberdeen Road) and N.C. 144 (Old Wire Road) north of Laurinburg, the N.C. Dept. of Transportation will modify the intersection to an all-way stop on Wednesday, August 19, weather permitting. The intersection currently doesn't require vehicles on U.S. 15-501 to stop.

In addition to adding stop signs on U.S. 15-501, STOP AHEAD and stop bar pavement markings will be placed on the highway, along with new warning signs. There will also be solar flashers added to the stop ahead signs on N.C. 144 for better visibility.

Message boards alerting motorists of the coming change will be in place, and drivers are urged to use caution in the area during the installation and afterward.

Eventually the intersections could be the site of a roundabout, with that project coming in about a year, However, a traffic study of the location will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the 4-way stop setup and whether the roundabout is needed.

As drivers approach a four-way stop intersection, they are advised 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 yield. 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/or 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



2/15/2018 5:21 PM