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Construction begins to put four-way stop at site of fatal wreck

Posted February 13, 2011

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— Crews planned to break ground Monday on a project to turn the intersection of Mitchell Mill, Jonesville and Peebles roads in eastern Wake County into a four-way stop, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Donald Johnson, 57, of Zebulon, was killed in a wreck at the intersection in September when a Knightdale High School student pulled out in front of him.

Johnson's family released a statement Sunday: "Unfortunately this change is too late for Donald. We hope and pray that the four-way stop will save someone else's life."

Stop signs and pavement markings will be added to Mitchell Mill Road. Motorists already have to stop on Jonesville and Peebles roads.

DOT officials said that an investigation after the wreck yielded enough evidence, including crash history and traffic volume, to justify making the intersection a four-way stop.

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  • alwaysamused Feb 17, 2011

    "...The intersection at Mitchell Mill and Rolesville Rd. is far worse than where the stop signs are going, being that you cannot see over a rise in the terrain..."

    Every time I cross through that intersection, I hold my breath! You can't see who's coming on Rolesville Road, nor can you tell if the driver across from you on Mitchell Mill is going straight or turning left because Mitchell Mill curves through the intersection. Despite the rumble strips on Rolesville Rd. approaching that intersection, I fear someone is going to die there if they haven't already.

    So sorry for this man's family. Didn't know him, but I think of his family whenever I see the memorial they put out on Mitchell Mill.

  • common_sense_plz Feb 14, 2011

    The Death of this man is sad and terrible for the family. I too hope this will be helpful in the future. However I do not think the teens were paying enough attention at that intersection. I travel this Road on a daily basis and the entire road is know for its wrecks and those wrecks taking the lives of loved ones. The intersection at Mitchell Mill and Rolesville Rd. is far worse than where the stop signs are going, being that you cannot see over a rise in the terrain. Why the state has done nothing to make this intersection safer is beyond me. being that the speed limit is 55 on Rolesville Rd. and crashes there are terrible. But again my heart goes out to all those who have lost their lives on Mitchell Mill Rd.

  • mulecitybabe Feb 14, 2011

    It sounds like they need some kind of traffic signal at that intersection, but I don't think a 4-way stop is the best decision.

    They are difficult to navigate at best, even assuming that everybody sitting there knows the law as to who has the right-of-way. A stop light would be much better.

  • murdock Feb 14, 2011

    if they are putting signal lights to alert you to the 4 way stop - why not just put a regular stop light????

    There is a 4 way stop at hwy 39 and 97 --- stupid -- put a regular stop light!!

  • NCStatePack Feb 14, 2011

    "One accident should tell them that there may be a problem. It is a shame that public safety is paid for with "blood money"." -kre2

    So by your logic we should have stop signs at every intersection known to man? I'm sure glad you don't work for the DOT

  • kre2 Feb 14, 2011

    "DOT officials said that an investigation after the wreck yielded enough evidence, including crash history and traffic volume, to justify making the intersection a four-way stop"

    Why doesn't the DOT let the public know what the "evidence" is?
    How many accidents does it take for a Stop sign? How many deaths for a Stop Light. One accident should tell them that there may be a problem. It is a shame that public safety is paid for with "blood money".

  • larky74406 Feb 14, 2011

    Break ground? How hard is it to install 2 stop signs? Sounds like a 15 minute job.