A new Holly Springs intersection has been the site of three vehicle accidents in just its first week in operation.
The junction is where Main Street has been extended and meets Ralph Stephens and Piney Grove-Wilbon roads. The intersection and a redesign of Piney Grove Wilbon Road were designed to ease heavy traffic issues on Avent Ferry Road, the town says.
There is now a two-way stop in place at the intersection, allowing the Main Street traffic to flow.
But after the crashes over a short period of time, some people say the current setup is not safe.
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Others have suggested people simply need to be more careful when passing through the corridor they aren’t yet familiar with.
In an update Thursday, the town said it had installed additional signage – extra stop signs on Ralph Stephens Road, message boards, pavement striping and rumble strips – to alert drivers of the stop at the intersection.
The town initially installed double stop signs on Ralph Stephens Road, but Holly Springs police still issued 18 warnings to drivers who failed to stop over the weekend, when the first accident was reported.
“The town is commissioning traffic counts to determine whether the new intersection meets NCDOT criteria for a traffic light,” the news release said. “For years, the town has maintained that a traffic light would be needed.”
To date, however, the intersection has not met criteria for a traffic light, the town reported.