CHARLOTTE The N.C. Department of Transportation is working to improve safety attheintersection of Billy Howey Road and New Town Roadin Union County by converting the intersection to a multi-way stop.
NCDOT will begin implementing the change on Monday, Dec. 14, and motorists should be prepared to treat the intersection as a multi-way stop that day. Crews will install stop signs requiringall traffic to stop at the intersection before proceeding.These types of improvements are relatively low cost and can be quickly implemented. At a multi-way stop,driverstake turns entering the intersection, resulting in fewer and lesssevere crashes.
Currently, stop signs are in place requiring motorists to stop at Billy Howey Road, while traffic on New TownRoad isn't required to stop. Overhead signals flash red for traffic approaching the intersection on Billy Howey Road, and the signals flash yellow for trafficapproaching the intersection on New Town Road.
NCDOT studied the intersection and determined that safety could be improved with the installation of stop signs onNew Town Road. NCDOT will also install permanent "Stop Ahead" signs on New Town Road to alert motorists that they should be prepared to stop, as well as "Stop" and "Stop Ahead" pavement parkings. The existing overhead signals will remain, with all indications changed to red.
As drivers approach the 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.
Implementing the multi-way stop at Billy Howey and New Town roads is estimated to cost $15,000.
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