Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to modify the Apex intersection of James Street and Hughes Street in western Wake County to a permanent all-way stop. The intersection currently requires vehicles to stop on James Street, but drivers using Hughes Street can travel through the intersection.
That will change on Monday, Oct. 10, weather permitting, when crews add stop signs in both directions of Hughes Street. They will also install "stop ahead" pavement markings to help warn motorists of the new traffic pattern. On-site flagmen will help control traffic through the intersection while work is being performed.
The conversion is taking place because traffic volumes and other factors warrant the intersection becoming an all-way stop. A department study of converted intersections showed there was a 68 percent reduction in the number of crashes and a 77 percent drop in fatal and injury crashes.
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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