Charlotte - The intersection of N.C. 200 and McWhorter Road in Waxhaw will be converted to an all-way stop later this month. The intersection currently requires traffic on McWhorter Road to stop, but traffic on N.C. 200 does not have to stop.
Weather permitting, the switch will take place on Tuesday, May 9. The project includes installing stop signs on both sides of N.C. 200, in addition to new pavement markings on both roads to alert motorists to the new traffic pattern.
NCDOT will place electronic message boards on both sides of N.C. 200 approaching the intersection the week before the changes take effect.
The department is implementing these measures as interim improvements, as a roundabout is proposed for this intersection, currently scheduled for construction in 2019.
Drivers approaching a four-way stop should 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 driver 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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