DOT Introduces New Traffic Interchange At Southpoint
Posted November 9, 2001
DURHAM, N.C. — People are excited about the new Hecht's store at The Streets of Southpoint. Next door, at the intersection of I-40 and Fayetteville Road, opinion is mixed on the newly opened Single Point Urban Interchange.
The new interchange features broad, diagonal traffic patterns intended to keep more cars on the move.
Sometimes, oncoming traffic passes drivers on the right, and especially the first time through, it can be downright confusing.
"While it is new, it is something that you're going to see a whole lot more often, especially in the urban areas. North Carolina has a lot of urban areas now, and we find that they do function better and that's what it's all about in these tight spots with high volumes," said state Department of Transportation division engineer Jon Nance.
One area the DOT admits it needs to work on is pavement markings. In some areas, there are no lane dividers and no directional arrows. When the permanent lane markings are installed, there will be more of them, but some drivers are getting confused even where the pavement is painted.
"We have to see what happens when we open up all the rest of these stores. When everything else gets out here and we have a full load of crowds, then we'll know what happens," said motorist Charles Reap.
Officials said there have been no accidents at the new intersection although there have been some close calls.