BURLINGTON – The N.C. Department of Transportation has installed new signs to require traffic to stop on all four sides of an Alamance County intersection.
Crash analytics led NCDOT engineers to pursue a safer configuration at the junction of Durham and Elmira streets in Burlington. Formerly, only Durham Street traffic had stop signs at the intersection. On Wednesday, crews added stop signs in both directions of Elmira Street.
These improvements are being made through NCDOT's SPOT Safety Program, which identifies safety projects that are expected to be the most beneficial and feasible and address departmental goals.
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.