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Q: I saw the recent Live Wire question about the intersection of McCormick Bridge Road, McArthur Road and Johnson Farm Road. I want to get the state Department of Transportation to change this intersection. It’s a death trap. — B.C., Fayetteville
A: Troublesome intersections are not new, B.C. Recently, the residents of the Greystone subdivision were successful in getting a traffic signal at the intersection of Summerchase Drive and Ramsey Street. It took well over a year, but it was activated Sept. 6.
In assessing the need there for a traffic signal, a state Department of Transportation engineer said a collection of factors based on Federal Highway Administration criteria goes into a decision. The primary factors are peak hour, four-hour and eight-hour traffic volume at an intersection; pedestrian volume; proximity to schools; vehicle crash records; and proximity to railroad crossings.
There are also traffic projections and assumed growth rates for the next 30 years.
Traffic signals can be requested in writing or online. There's more information online at ncdot.gov. The agency will typically answer all requests within 90 days, and investigate the intersection and its traffic history.
DOT also uses controls that do not include traffic signals, such as speed limits, stop signs and alternative design solutions.
B.C. says if anyone else has concerns about the intersection, and wishes to join him in seeking change, they can call him at 910-237-5534.
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