PLEASANT GROVE – In response to safety concerns, the N.C. Department of Transportation will install an all-way stop at a northern Alamance County junction next week.
A crash study led NCDOT traffic engineers to pursue additional signage and signal flasher changes to improve safety at the intersection of N.C. 62 and N.C. 49.
Currently, only N.C. 49 traffic is required to stop at the intersection, while N.C. 62 traffic sees flashing yellow caution signals. On Tuesday, weather permitting, crews plan to install new stop signs on N.C. 62 and reconfigure the signals to flash red on N.C. 62, creating an all-way stop at the intersection.
Drivers should slow down and expect to find crews working at the intersection on Tuesday.
As a reminder, drivers approaching an all-way stop should follow these rules:
- The first vehicle at the intersection has the right of way;
- When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way and may go straight or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
- When two facing vehicles approach an intersection simultaneously, 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; and
- Even with the right of way, drivers should remember to use appropriate turn signals and watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.