On Thursday, Sept. 10, the N.C. Department of Transportation will make improvements to the intersection of N.C. 42 and N.C. 39 between Clayton and Wilson to enhance safety for drivers traveling in this area of Johnston County.
This intersection is currently a two-way stop, with stop signs only in place for traffic on N.C. 39. Traffic on N.C. 42 does not currently have to stop at this location. NCDOT determined this intersection should be converted to an all-way stop following an investigation that found traffic volumes, crash rates and other factors warranted installing stop signs on N.C. 42.
In addition to installing stop signs on N.C. 42, crews will also paint stop bars on the road to show drivers where to stop. On-site flagmen will control traffic through the intersection while work is underway.
This all-way stop conversion is in advance of an NCDOT Spot Safety project to construct a roundabout at this location. After studying multiple options and meeting with local residents, a roundabout was chosen as the best way to reduce the risk of accidents at this location. A contract for this project is currently estimated to be awarded in spring of 2017.
As drivers approach the all-way stop, they are reminded to follow these right-of-way rules:
- The first vehicle to the intersection has the right of way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived;
- When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way;
- The vehicle with the right of way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
- When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, 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 wait. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right of way; and
- Even with the right of way, remember to use the appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and pedestrians.
For more information on navigating intersections, consult the North Carolina Driver’s Handbook. To get a copy, call 1-877-DOT-4YOU, or visit the NCDMV website.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.