A new but troubled intersection at the south end of Main Street is going to get a new traffic light.
The state Department of Transportation has approved the light at the intersection of South Main and Ralph Stephens and Piney Grove Wilbon roads, which just opened in early August. The extension of South Main Street to meet a realigned Piney Grove Wilbon Road provides a new route through southwestern Holly Springs and was meant to alleviate traffic on Avent Ferry Road.
But there have already been five accidents at the new intersection, in part because drivers on Ralph Stephens Road have failed to stop for stop signs, despite the addition of message boards, rumble strips and other measures to warn drivers.
State and town officials hope the new traffic light will help.
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“We are glad the department and the town could work quickly together to come up with a solution to improve the safety for drivers and their passengers at that intersection,” NCDOT’s division engineer, Joe Hopkins, said in a statement.
Town officials hope to have the new light up and running in less than two months, instead of the usual six to nine months. State and town officials agreed to steps to fast-track the new light, including the use of wooden poles instead of custom-designed metal ones.
The town had asked for a traffic light at the intersection while it was being designed, but traffic forecasts did not show that it met state criteria for one.
The town built the Main Street extension and the new intersection in partnership with NCDOT, but the road is part of the state’s transportation system. DOT provided most of the money for the road through federal grants.