INDIAN TRAIL –
Motorists traveling on U.S. 74 will encounter new traffic patterns at the intersection with Indian Trail-Fairview Road/Indian Trail Road as part of a $9.5 million project to convert four signalized intersections to reduced conflict intersections
, or RCIs.
The RCI simplifies traffic movements by reducing the number of conflict points, or possible locations, where vehicles can collide. Side-street traffic is redirected to turn right to enter the flow of traffic, while drivers wanting to go in the opposite direction simply enter a lane to make a U-turn. This design reduces the risk of collisions and allows drivers to travel more quickly through the corridor.
Starting Sunday night, Sept. 8, motorists traveling on U.S. 74 wishing to turn left to the side roads will need to use the U-turn locations for up to eight weeks while crews build concrete islands in the median.
A permanent change in the pattern will see drivers approaching U.S. 74 from the side roads turning right, then making a U-turn to reach their destination. When the project is completed, drivers on U.S. 74 will be able to turn left onto the side roads again.