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Cary intersection to get traffic signals

Posted July 9, 2009

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— The town of Cary will install traffic signals at an intersection where a 16-year-old girl was killed last month.

The town said Thursday that the state Department of Transportation has authorized a plan to install lights and pedestrian features at Green Level to Durham Road and Cary Glen Boulevard.

A recent study found that the intersection met the DOT's criteria of a high volume of traffic or at least five wrecks in a 12-month period to warrant a light.

Hundreds of residents, concerned about heavy traffic and limited sight distance in the intersection, rallied for a stop light days after a June 22 wreck that killed Kailee Nicole Birdsong.

Another wreck happened at the intersection June 23 as a WRAL News photographer was filming there.

"We're thrilled. We can't believe they're doing it. It really shows that the Town of Cary is putting the people first, especially their youngest citizens," resident Dawn Cross said. "We’re so happy."

The town said in a news release that it hopes to have the signal up and running within 60 days.

“We believe the signal will be effective in addressing immediate concerns at this intersection, and we appreciate the state’s active support and participation,” Cary's engineering director, Tim Bailey, said.

Green Level to Durham Road and the Cary Glen intersection are owned and maintained by the state, which will install the lights. Cary will pay the estimated $60,000 for the traffic and pedestrian signals.

The town will also pay about $50,000 for a long-term corridor study in the area that will identify and prioritize safety and operational concerns. The study, which will likely begin later this year, will include public feedback.

“We’ve had quite a bit of input so far, and we’re hoping that those who live and work in the area will stay involved and participate in the decision-making process,” Bailey said.

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  • TammyB Jul 10, 2009

    I'm glad they're putting a light at this intersection to help avoid more accidents. NOW...what can be done to find the hit and run driver that hit Melissa Birdsong's SUV and caused this accident? I don't see anything being done about find him or her. PLEASE call the police if you know the driver of the beige van that caused this accident. If you are the driver, please do the honorable thing and come forward and turn yourself in. A child is gone and a woman is injured and out of work for months to come. A family is suffering and needs to get some closure. PLEASE help if you know something! Thank you.

  • killerkestrel Jul 10, 2009

    People die at traffic lights too. Putting up a traffic signal doesn't mean no one will die. Were the previous accidents of a type that can be prevented by a traffic signal?

    The wreck that WRAL filmed was caused by the driver not looking. The driver started moving forward when the other car was just maybe a hundred feet away. And the driver pulling out was driving an SUV, and should have been able to see a hundred feet just fine.

  • avowed79013 Jul 10, 2009

    "avowed79013, I pay my dues to CAS just like you do. I refuse to use the tunnel, as some sketchy youths have been hanging out in it and I'd hate to get hooked up on assault charges."

    The tunnel connected to the PUBLIC greenway under Green Level to Durham Road has no toll booth, and I don't pay dues to use it. Aside from inconsiderate dog owners, I have never had any encounters on any of the town's greenways.

  • OnDaRoof Jul 10, 2009

    avowed79013, I pay my dues to CAS just like you do. I refuse to use the tunnel, as some sketchy youths have been hanging out in it and I'd hate to get hooked up on assault charges.

    Ax, you're wrong, jokes on you 'dult.

  • shortcake53 Jul 9, 2009

    I get so angry at drivers who think turning right on red is a guaranteed right. It is a POSSIBILITY if conditions permit. DO NOT sit behind me honking your horn or trying to squeeze past me on the right because YOU want to get somewhere a nano-second sooner. Chill out, wait your turn, you will still get where your going.

  • strawberrysw4 Jul 9, 2009

    oldmanyoung - Actually I am around that intersection a lot (I live there)... If I recall correctly ... this girl wasn't wearing her seatbelt correct? Why isn't that more of a focus in the news.

  • kayepeck Jul 9, 2009

    I hope the traffic light will solve this problem. However, an earlier report stated that neither Kailee nor her stepmother was wearing a seatbelt. Perhaps seatbelt use would have changed the outcome of that accident. The protectors should also have been advocating seatbelt use.

  • jobchick2004 Jul 9, 2009

    I am so happy this is happening. I am also sorry that it had to take someone to die before something was done.

  • dontblameme Jul 9, 2009

    I think the cities around here should name the intersections with traffic lights after the person or people who had to die at that intersection to get the traffic light put there. I'm just sayin.

  • SweetB Jul 9, 2009

    Good news. I hope this helps. What a sad story.

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