The N.C. Department of Transportation has modified the intersection of N.C. 98/East Jewitt Avenue and N.C. 39/Main Street in Bunn in southeastern Franklin County to a permanent all-way stop. The intersection previously just had stop signs for N.C. 98.
The conversion took place after it was determined traffic volumes at the intersection and other factors warranted installing stop signs in both directions on N.C. 39. Crews also installed “stop ahead” pavement markings on N.C. 39 to help alert drivers of the new traffic pattern.
As drivers approach a four-way stop intersection, they should follow these right of way rules:
• The first vehicle to the intersection has the right of way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived;
• When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way;
• The vehicle with the right of way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
• When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must yield. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right of way; and
• Even with the right of way, remember to use the appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and/or pedestrians.
Road, bridge, and other transportation improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
New transportation projects in the state’s current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory’s leadership.