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If you drive on Old U.S. 1 you’ll soon be forced to stop in New Hill

Drivers will see signs like these on Old U.S. 1 in New Hill starting in late January 2018.
Drivers will see signs like these on Old U.S. 1 in New Hill starting in late January 2018. rstradling@newsobserver.com

Drivers on Old U.S. 1 will have to come to a stop in New Hill starting next week, after the state turns the intersection at the center of the crossroads community into a four-way stop.

The state Department of Transportation will install new stop signs on Old U.S. 1 where it meets New Hill Olive Chapel and New Hill Holleman roads. It will become the only place drivers on Old U.S. 1 have to stop between the Triangle Expressway and Lee County.

Until now, only traffic on the side roads had to stop.

The stop signs are needed because the growing traffic on Old U.S. 1 makes it very difficult for drivers on the side roads to move, said John Sandor, NCDOT’s Division 5 deputy traffic engineer.

The signs are actually a temporary measure that will be replaced by a traffic light in a year or two, Sandor said. Developers of subdivision in the New Hill area will be pitching in on a project to remake the intersection, with new turn lanes on Old U.S. 1 and the side roads. The traffic signals will be installed when that work is done, Sandor said.

“That area is going to be looking very different in the next two or three years,” he said.

The stops signs will be installed on Wednesday, Jan. 17, weather permitting.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling

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