MICRO – The NC Department of Transportation started work on Monday to convert the intersection of US Highway 301 and Pittman Road to an all-way stop.
The dangerous intersection has been the site of 31 crashes in the past 10 years, including a fatal wreck in April 2021. In January 2022, a Johnston County Public School bus and car collided at the intersection.
Currently, there are stop signs on Pittman Road, but no stop signs on Highway 301. On Monday, NC DOT workers began installing highway markings and signs to convert the intersection to an all-way stop. Weather permitting, the process will be completed and the four-way stop will start on Wednesday, March 30th.
There will be flashing warning lights and large, bright STOP signs at the intersection.
The NCDOT recently decided to make improvements at the intersection after the Town of Micro adopted a Resolution asking for the improvements. The DOT conducted a traffic study and agreed improvements were needed.
The majority of the 31 accidents since 2012 were due to drivers on Pittman Road pulling from the stop sign and not yielding to oncoming traffic on US 301.