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Intersection to change to four-way stop

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An intersection in the Red Oak community will become an all-way stop effective Wednesday.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The state Transportation Department is set today to convert a Nash County intersection into a four-way stop in an attempt to reduce traffic collisions.

The new four-way stop is at Old Carriage Road and Hunter Hill Road in Red Oak, just outside Rocky Mount. Before the change, drivers traveling on Old Carriage Road had to stop while drivers on Hunter Hill Road didn't, said Andrew Barksdale, spokesman for the NCDOT Division 4 which includes Nash County.

“An engineering analysis that included crash history and traffic volumes showed the change at this intersection was warranted,” Barksdale said.

Flag operators will manage traffic flow through the intersection until the change-over is completed today. The exact time of the change is weather-dependent because workers cannot stripe the pavement to accompany the additional stop signs in the rain. Warning signs of the coming change have been posted near the intersection.

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.

■ Even with the right of way, drivers should remember to use appropriate turn signals and watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.

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