CHADBOURN – The safety and traffic flow at three Columbus County intersections in the same vicinity will be improved under a new state highway contract.
The alignment of Old Lumberton Road at N.C. 410 will be straightened into a more perpendicular angle to improve the sight distance, making it easier for drivers on Old Lumberton Road to see oncoming traffic after coming to a stop.
In addition, the other side of Old Lumberton Road will be severed at that junction and made into a dead-end; as a result, motorists headed northwest on Old Lumberton Road will be directed into turning right or left at N.C. 410.
The project also will make these related improvements to two nearby intersections, which are in the Oak Dale Crossroads community north of Chadbourn:
- Add a dedicated lane on N.C. 410 for drivers turning left onto Old Lumberton Road;
- Make the two travel lanes and paved shoulders wider along a 1,100-foot section of Silver Spoon Road between N.C. 410 and Old Lumberton Road; and
The intersection of Old Lumberton and Silver Spoon roads is angled – and not perpendicular – so the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to reduce the amount of through traffic using it, as the blue line shows on this Google Map image.
The planned improvements will also accommodate commercial truck traffic.
The NCDOT awarded the $835,000 contract to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Rocky Mount this month. The contractor can begin between April and July; the company then will have three months to complete the improvements.