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'It's not safe': Drivers demand change to Holly Springs intersection after 3 crashes in 6 days

Posted August 10

— 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.”

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  • Sam Walker Aug 12, 9:57 a.m.
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    wow. haven't heard that much wit since HeeHaw was on.

  • Howard Roark Aug 11, 12:41 p.m.
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    I agree that drivers should be paying more attention at all times.

    However, as someone who lives within a few miles of this intersection used to travel this road fairly frequently before they added the intersection, I will say that they re-oriented the streets from their previous flow. When I first approached the intersection, it was slightly disorienting from it's previous layout. In trying to familiarize yourself with the new approach, I can see how someone may accidentally miss a stop sign. Given the sheer size and open expanse of the intersection, coupled with the new traffic pattern, it doesn't suprise me that there has been an issue.

    It doesn't lead me to think that it's necessarily bad drivers who are causing 100% of the problem. 3 accidents and countless near misses in a week's time leads me to think that it was poor introduction/implementation on a brand new traffic pattern.

  • Patrick Gentry Aug 11, 11:02 a.m.
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    I've heard they have this brand new invention that can tell both locals AND those from out of town how to navigate this intersection safely!!!

    It's a piece of ordinary metal, molded into the shape of an octogon. Than on one side of it they paint be entire thing in reflective red with a white border and but in all capital letters STOP in white in the center.

    You see if people paid attention they could see this sign and realize they have to come to a complete stop and only proceed when it is safe to do so.

    It's like super brand new so t might take some time for folks to get used to having to pay attention as they operate a 1,500 to 5,000 pound missle down the road while not paying attention.

    But hopefully this state of the art invention will eventually save lives. I think they call it a stop sign. Ain't the stuff people come up with these days amazing.

  • Paul Dominick Aug 11, 9:53 a.m.
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    The fact is, the issues with the Main Street expansion are the same ones we had with the Harris Teeter shopping center on the Avent Ferry side. However, everything is compounded by the additional option to go straight into the of Walmart shopping center. The town planners have created the same problems for themselves and tried the same solutions that didn't work the first time.

    There are safe and unsafe ways to design intersections. Drive the road for yourself and you'll see how unsafe it is.

  • Gary Thompson Aug 11, 8:25 a.m.
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    well said i agree

  • Gary Thompson Aug 11, 8:23 a.m.
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    Just have to put this out there. As a CDL driver i drive on new roads almost every day. If i did not pay attention do you have any idea how many people i would kill every day. The people of Holly Springs just need to put their phones down and leave the radio alone and dont forget stop watching the kids in the mirror and pau attention. I went through there yesterday on the way to a freinds house and saw the sign in plenty of time to stop. Stip blaming the state or road for you not being a safe and aware driver people.

  • Tyler Mattox Aug 11, 8:23 a.m.
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    Wow! Always blame others for your stupidity. That seems to be the way of the world. Try paying attention to what is going on in front of you. Don't be so tunnel visioned. If a child had been crossing the road in a designated cross walk, and you ran over it, I guess it would have been the child's fault? We must pay attention to what we are doing when driving. It's called being a defensive driver at all times. Some how I know this is going to end up being the fault of the police. We tend to blame them for everything!

  • Henry Cooper Aug 11, 7:12 a.m.
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    It just sickens me to hear her blame design. What are her credentials? Being unaware of the roads? Being unaware of change in the world? Can't read street signs? All traffic cannot stay the same just because those are the roads you know.

    I bet it is close to 98 if not 99% of people see the new sign and stop but yeah the 1-2% needs to have an excuse. People are to distracted driving today. I have a dash cam and it is amazing the things I have caught on video.

    Read your drivers handbook. You are to be scanning the road in front of you at all times for unmarked hazards and roadway changes.

    In today's world it always has to be the fault of someone else. Some people take ZERO personal responsibility.

  • Sam Walker Aug 11, 4:20 a.m.
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    How are they going to make all the out of state drivers aware of the intersection? Not a real good plan.

  • Patrick Gentry Aug 11, 1:36 a.m.
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    Not a problem with the road it's a problem with the drivers. I mean their is no way you don't see a stop sign unless your not paying attention.

    But no one wants to admit that so they demand a stoplight, so they can run a red light instead.

    Glad to hear local LEOs monitoring the intersection to educate these fools that don't pay attention.

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