DOT to go with minimal changes at Carolina Pines-U.S. 70 intersection

Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 08:32 AM.

Alligood said the reconstruction of the turning lane would also be accompanied by resurfacing of the adjacent service road on the Carolina Pines side of the highway.

“You’ve got the three connections from Carolina Pines to U.S. 70. It will cover all three of those,” Alligood said. “It’s just going to resurface it to give a little better ride quality there.”

The goal, Alligood said, is to reduce the number of crashes at the intersection. The DOT cited 23 crashes that occurred at the intersection between 2007 and 2012 as the reason behind the proposed redesign. One person was killed and eight others were injured in the crashes, which involved 43 vehicles and caused an estimated $142,150 in property damage.

Alligood said that should the crash pattern continue with the initial change, the proposed full redesign could be constructed.

“It should improve sight distance and we’re hopeful that it will be beneficial and that we won’t have to proceed with the rest of the work,” he said. “If that crash pattern continues, then we would look at building the remainder of the project.

“We’ll get that implemented and see how it performs and then based on that make the decision to move forward with the remainder of the project or if we’re satisfied that that helped alleviate the crash pattern that’s been occurring.”

The estimated cost of the project is $160,000, considerably less that the estimated $965,000 cost of the major rearrangement of the intersection.

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