Johnston County Intersection Getting All-Way Stop

SELMA – A new traffic pattern aimed at improving safety is coming to a Johnston County crossroads.

This serious crash happened on Highway 39 at Old Beulah Road in December 2016. Photo by John Payne

The N.C. Department of Transportation is scheduled to upgrade N.C. 39 at Old Beulah Road outside Selma into an all-way stop Wednesday, June 30th. The work will begin in the morning and be completed by about lunchtime.

The project will include installing stops signs and a “stop ahead” yellow warning on N.C. 39. The upgrade is intended to reduce serious crashes.

According to departmental analysis, most of the 30 crashes that occurred in this intersection over a 10-year period involved head-on collisions that left 18 injured.

Drivers should slow down, obey workers controlling traffic and proceed through the intersection with caution during its reconstruction.

According to a study by NCDOT of 53 intersections that were converted into all-way stops, crashes involving fatalities and serious injuries decreased on average by 77 percent.

People can visit the department’s all-way stop page for more information.


  1. A stoplight or atleast flashing lights are needed at the Hwy 39 and Little Divine intersection, as well! It is a very dangerous crossing due to the high volume of oil/gas tankers and general traffic flying down Hwy 39.

  2. Stop it with all the 4-way stops!!! People just need to pay attention when they’re driving. Driver incompetence is causing these wrecks. It’s not the intersection that is the problem, it’s caused by idiots with licenses who shouldn’t have them.

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