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Are motorists allowed to turn left on a red light like those along U.S. 17 in Leland and in Monkey Junction?

Ana Ribeiro
StarNews

The answer is no. You cannot turn left on a red light such as those along the “superstreets,” nor anywhere else in North Carolina, Leland police Chief Tim Jayne said.

In the past, state legislators have considered making left-on-red legal on one-way streets, but it has never been approved.

The “superstreet” encompassing the entrances to Leland’s Walmart and Waterford can be confusing, though. In a lot of spots, there are red arrows instead of circular red lights. The N.C. Department of Transportation has said it wants every development along that U.S. 17 corridor to abide by the model from now on, claiming it eases traffic flow, although some area drivers would argue against that.

The design prohibits left turns onto the highway and forces drivers wanting to go the opposite direction to make a U-turn. Before turning, however, drivers must stop and wait for a green light, while oncoming traffic is halted to facilitate the maneuver. …Currently, the design covers the corridor shared by the entrances to Walmart and to the neighborhoods of Brunswick Forest, Waterford and Magnolia Greens. It allows drivers on the other side of the street to turn left onto side roads to enter the developments but requires them to turn right when exiting onto U.S. 17 and then make a U-turn through a median crossover.

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One Response to “ Are motorists allowed to turn left on a red light like those along U.S. 17 in Leland and in Monkey Junction?”

  1. On May 20, 2011 at 8:18 am Bill Case wrote:

    It’s too bad that motorists aren’t allowed to make left turns on red at the “Michigan left turns”. That’s the very reason they work so well in Michigan!



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