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Crews study Cary intersection

Posted June 30, 2009 6:10 p.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2009 4:01 p.m. EDT

— Crews for the Town of Cary spent Tuesday studying the intersection of Green Level to Durham Road and Cary Glen Boulevard to determine if it needs a traffic light.

The town of Cary is paying for the two-week study to see if the crossroads meets standards for a light. If it doesn’t, the town could put one up anyway, but would have to get approval from the state to make any changes because Green Level to Durham Road is a state road.

Hundreds of neighbors held a rally last week in an effort to get a stoplight there. The rally was held days after 16-year-old Kailee Nicole Birdsong was killed in a wreck at the intersection on June 22.

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

Workers spent Tuesday counting cars to determine how many vehicles move through that intersection.

A location must have a high traffic volume or at least five wrecks in a 12-month period to warrant a light, said. Tim Bailey, Cary's engineering director.

The wreck that claimed Kailee Birdsong’s life was the second at Green Level to Durham Road and Cary Glen Boulevard in a year. The wreck between a Mustang and SUV on Tuesday was the third.