Raleigh - The intersection of U.S. 15/501 and Ashemont Road south of Aberdeen in Hoke County has been converted to an all-way stop. Previously, vehicles on U.S. 15/501 didn't have to stop at the intersection, while Ashemont Road had stop signs in both directions, as well as stop ahead pavement markings.
Added onto U.S. 15/501 in both directions are stop signs with flashing lights on them, as well as stop ahead pavement markings and rumble strips to alert drivers in advance of the intersection.
Changeable message boards are also in place on U.S.15/501 as a reminder to drivers about the change, and that they now have to stop at the intersection.
The update was made for safety reasons to help reduce collisions at that location.
With the four-way stop in place, 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.
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