Warning lights coming to Ferry Road intersection

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A vehicle waits at the stop sign for another to clear the intersection at N.C. 101 and Ferry Road. New warning lights are to be installed at the intersection this month.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 06:38 PM.

In response to numerous crashes, including two fatalities, new flashing lights will be added to signs near the intersection of Ferry Road and N.C. 101.

The new warning lights are scheduled to be installed this month, said Steve Hamilton, Division 2 engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Hamilton described the lights as flashers that would be mounted to existing intersection road signs about 350 feet on either side of the intersection of N.C. 101 with N.C. 306, also known as Ferry Road.

“It will be tied to detectors in the pavement so that when there’s a vehicle approaching that’s getting ready to turn from 306 onto 101, the flashers will come on letting traffic know that there’s a vehicle entering,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the placement of the signs was in response to multiple crashes at the intersection over the last five years.

“We did a study of the intersection and noticed a pattern of people getting hit coming out, so we’re going to try to do something to help resolve that,” Hamilton said.

The study was prompted by a July 3, 2013, crash that left two dead and four injured when a car attempting to make a left turn from Ferry Road onto N.C. 101 was struck by a truck headed toward Havelock.

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