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Lights go on at Cary intersection

Posted August 11, 2009

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— The traffic signals will be switched on Thursday at the Cary intersection that was the site of a fatal wreck in June.

The Town of Cary and the state Department of Transportation expedited the installation of lights at Green Level to Durham Road and Cary Glen Boulevard, completing the project 60 days ahead of schedule, the town announced in a press release Tuesday.

Kailee Nicole Birdsong, 16, was killed and her stepmother and 3-year-old brother were injured June 22 at the intersection. The next day, WRAL News cameras caught another wreck at the same location.

A study in July 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.

When the town announced plans for the light, resident Dawn Cross said, "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."

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

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  • Tired of thoughtlessness Aug 12, 2009

    So stupid that there have to be multiple "accidents", including fatal, for a light to be there.

  • superman Aug 11, 2009

    I hope the light is on in the Mayor's office.

  • OnDaRoof Aug 11, 2009

    Thanks for the light! Long overdue, but it's up now and isn't going anywhere! Too bad for those that treat Green Level to Durham as their own personal race track.

  • WhysoMad Aug 11, 2009

    "What a hoot! The mere mention of the word "Cary" sends the doublewide-rental-mentality into a feeding frenzy like a pack of starving wolves." - avowed79013

    I agree 100 percent. I love it when WRAL runs a story on Cary. It lets all those with nothing to look forwared to or who have already ruined their lives hide behind the computer at the library and write trash about Cary and its citizens like they know them all. I guess any story about Cary is a good time for them to spout their hatred and feel good about themselves.

    Back to the story, I feel for the family and am glad they put a stoplight there.

  • wwwalker Aug 11, 2009

    Click-it or Ticket!*

    *Or die.

    I know this sounds bad. Better off being offended by words than end up in a casket.

  • strawberrysw4 Aug 11, 2009

    I live by the intersection and frequently cross it driving, and jogging... it did not need a light.

  • cartman Aug 11, 2009

    "There isn't THAT much traffic at that intersection, but hey, I think anyone who doesn't wear a seatbelt and doesn't pay that much attention at an intersection and gets hit, kind of has it coming" - allaboutthemusic

    Did you read the traffic study after the accident? I did. In one day, over 9,000 vehicle trips through the intersection (the DOT thresehold is 10,000 for a light). Oh, and that was the week of July 4th (holiday) and Panther Creek HS (a mile away) was not in session. That seems like a lot of traffic.

    Someone pulled in front of their vehicle as they drove down the road. How is that being inattentive? You obviously don't know much about the accident.

    I agree, they should have been wearing seatbelts, the only one in the car with no injuries was her younger brother who was in a car seat.

  • nerdlywehunt Aug 11, 2009

    Glad to hear that the traffic control people can do something right. They sure can't control the lights they have worth a darn

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 11, 2009

    Now, if they could only get Cary residents to sell their SUV's and drive slower...

  • avowed79013 Aug 11, 2009

    What a hoot! The mere mention of the word "Cary" sends the doublewide-rental-mentality into a feeding frenzy like a pack of starving wolves.

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