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DOT OKs traffic light for troublesome Holly Springs intersection

Posted August 15

— The state Department of Transportation on Tuesday approved a traffic light for a new intersection in Holly Springs where five crashes occurred within 10 days of its opening.

South Main Street was extended to alleviate traffic congestion, but it has caused a spike in traffic where the street now crosses Ralph Stephens Road. Some drivers are missing the new two-way stop sign on Ralph Stephens Road and are getting hit by or slamming into vehicles driving on Main Street.

The DOT initially denied a traffic signal at the intersection, saying data of traffic in the area didn't meet the threshold for a signal. But Holly Springs officials on Monday submitted information about the crashes, some of which occurred after rumble strips, pavement markings and warning signs about the new two-way stop had been posted.

"We are glad the department and the town could work quickly together to come up with a solution to improve the safety for drivers and their passengers at that intersection," DOT engineer Joey Hopkins said in a statement.

Susan Miller was involved in a crash at the intersection the day after the road opened.

"They could see that their plans, they were just wrong," Miller said. "It was not done right. It was not done right. So, thankfully they are doing the right thing."

Holly Springs and DOT officials have fast-tracked installation by initially using wooden poles for the traffic lights instead of custom metal ones. The move could have a light in operation in less than two months instead of the usual six to nine months, they said.

"Safety is our overriding concern," Town Manager Chuck Simmons said in a statement.

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  • Jim Frei Aug 16, 3:16 p.m.
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    Too many idjets looking at their phones and not at the road in front of them. Every day I encounter some yahoo drifting into my lane and of course they have their phone in their hand.

    I should buy an old beater and let these fools hit me...I'll be rolling in the insurance money.

  • Teddy Fowler Aug 16, 2:40 p.m.
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    I am familiar with that intersection.... and the stop sign was very clear when I drove it.... I guess it's just normal for me to stop at stop signs.... go figure....

  • Andrew Stephenson Aug 16, 9:19 a.m.
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    I don't think any of you above are familiar with this intersection. It's gigantic. 3 lanes wide when you approach it. If you're on an inner lane, you can easily never see the stop sign on the outer lanes, especially if there is a car in the way. Every instinct in your body is on the lookout for a traffic light, but there is none. And to make matters worse, the stop sign is only for the Ralph Stevens traffic, not the Main St. traffic. It's clear why the town wanted a traffic light from day 1. They felt the same way I do, apparently.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Aug 15, 5:03 p.m.
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    What's the difference between a stop sign and a stop light? Nothing, nothing at all, and that's what the DOT just did. Nothing, nothing at all.

  • Norman Lewis Aug 15, 4:37 p.m.
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    The same unobservant people that ran the stop sign will likely run the red light. A police presence writing tickets is about the only thing in this case I think will work.

  • Jeff Freuler Aug 15, 4:13 p.m.
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    I guess you think this will make the collisions go away. The problem is these days there are entirely too many distractions taking the drivers attention from the road.