Deadly Orange County intersection being redesigned

Posted December 21, 2009 8:44 a.m. EST
Updated December 21, 2009 12:39 p.m. EST

— The state Department of Transportation on Monday will start redesigning an intersection in northern Orange County where wrecks have killed three people since September 2008.

At the intersection of Guess Road and N.C. Highway 57, a wreck killed Susan Tamer, 36, and Jane Beasley, 61, a mother and daughter from Georgia, on Nov. 27. Saul Solis-Morales died in a wreck on Sept. 26, 2008.

In both wrecks, a vehicle ran a stop sign on Guess Road and t-boned a vehicle on N.C. 57.

An investigation by DOT found that the traffic volume and number of wrecks at the intersection warranted more safety measures, according to a press release from the agency.

On Monday, crews will install stop signs on N.C. 57 and an overhead, flashing red light. Stop bars and pavement markings and signs will also be set up to alert drivers to the new traffic pattern.

DOT issued instructions for drivers on how to navigate the newly redesigned intersection.

Long-term plans include setting up a full set of traffic lights and adding turn lanes to N.C. 57. DOT expects to award a contract for the project in April, after purchasing land and moving utility poles.