Raleigh - A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Water Street and Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton on Tuesday, July 5.
The existing intersection is an outdated multi-leg intersection with multiple signals. A roundabout will increase safety and decrease congestion. NCDOT has partnered with the City of Lumberton on design/construction of this project, which is part of Lumberton's downtown revitalization plan.
Road improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
The project, one of the first roundabouts in Robeson County, will require the closure of Water Street from 5th Street to 8th Street. Motorists will take a signed detour from 5th Street to Water Street to 2nd Street to Pine Street to East 10th Street back to Water Street/Carthage Road.
The project is scheduled for completion in May 2017.
A roundabout is an intersection requiring entering traffic to yield the right of way to traffic already in the circular traffic flow. This keeps the traffic in the roundabout flowing and reduces traffic backups and delays.
When the roundabout is complete, motorists will abide by the following guidelines:
Yield to vehicles already in the roundabout;
Once in the roundabout, you have the right of way;
Use your turn signal when exiting the roundabout; and
Always be cautious and look for unexpected vehicles, pedestrians or bicycles.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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