'It's not safe': Drivers demand change to Holly Springs intersection after 3 crashes in 6 days
Posted August 10
Holly Springs, N.C. — A much-needed Main Street extension in Holly Springs opened to traffic less than a week ago, but the new traffic pattern is causing issues.
The new intersection of Main Street and Ralph Stephens Road opened Friday, but there have already been three wrecks and dozens of close calls.
The most recent crash happened Thursday afternoon, just before 2 p.m. when a car traveling down Ralph Stevens Road ran the stop sign and was T-boned by a pickup truck traveling south down Main Street.
Drivers who frequent the area said the two-way stop sign at the intersection is not enough.
Susan Miller said she was involved in a crash Saturday while crossing the new intersection after she said she didn't see the stop sign.
"I just saw a big, black blur and then I slammed on my brakes as hard as I could. I just heard a clip, I clipped the back of his truck which was very lucky," she said.
Miller, who shot video of the intersection after her crash, said she captured several cars traveling through the intersection without stopping. Holly Springs police said they pulled 18 cars over the day the video was recorded.
Miller believes somebody is going to be killed if a change is not made.
“It’s not safe. This is all make-shift since they opened it and it should not have been opened Friday night the way that it was,” she said. “It was totally unsafe, poor design, should not have been opened.”
A spokesman with the Department of Transportation said they are working with the town to monitor the area and make drivers better aware of the new intersection. A sheriff's deputy has been stationed at the intersection since the Thursday afternoon crash.
"It's a DOT approved road. It's their road and they approved the plan for it," Mark Andrews with the Town of Holly Springs. "We thought it was safe and still think it is safe."
In the meantime, the town has consulted the DOT on how to make the intersection safer. Town officials have installed larger stop signs with flags as well as message boards issuing warnings to drivers. The town also plans to add pavement markings and rumble strips to the road.
“We have wanted a traffic light all through the planning, but it did not meet state standards,” Andrews said. “It is a state-maintained road, and DOT has final say over whether a traffic light can go up.”