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Have the reconfigured traffic lights on U.S. 421 south of Monkey Junction reduced the number of accidents? Are there plans to use the superstreet system on other county roads?

Ken Little
StarNews

The N.C. Department of Transportation did not provide accident figures for the reconfigured stretch of road on U.S. 421, but Deputy Division Traffic Engineer Joe Chance says using other superstreets locally is currently under study.

“Superstreet designs are being considered more if the study shows the traffic flow and the cost would benefit the traveling public,” Chance says.

The superstreet concept is also currently employed along U.S. 17 in northern Brunswick County in recently developed commercial and residential corridors like Brunswick Forest. The idea of superstreets is to reduce traffic flow. Superstreets restrict left turns and often require motorists to make U-turns.

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9 Responses to “ Have the reconfigured traffic lights on U.S. 421 south of Monkey Junction reduced the number of accidents? Are there plans to use the superstreet system on other county roads?”

  1. On November 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm Me wrote:

    The redesign is making law-breakers out of average citizens. U-turns have been eliminated but people do U-turns at these intersections all the time. Just yesterday, 2 people did illegal U-turns at the intersection in front of the MJ Post Office. This makes doing a legal right-turn-on-red very interesting (and dangerous). I never did understand how forcing people to go thru the same intersection can possibly reduce traffic flow. Ugh.

  2. On November 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm scrips wrote:

    I HATE the new system it is confusing and time consuming as well as dangerous. There seems to be NO LOGIC to the system. By the time you figure out how it works you have passed your target and slowed down a lot of drivers or cut someone off. ABSOLUTELY HATE IT

  3. On November 10, 2009 at 10:07 am Jeremy wrote:

    I have also seen several motorists making illegal u-turns at Monkey Junction Post Office intersection. Even with red flags on the NO-U-TURN signs, motorists are still making u-turns. I have seen several close call accidents at this intersection. Stupid design to say the least!

  4. On November 11, 2009 at 8:41 am Max wrote:

    I live off of the Hwy 17 North super street at Scotts Hill. Before the super street we took our lives into our hands every time we pulled out onto Hwy 17. The super street makes it so we are being safely escorted out. It make take a little longer, but compared to the way it was, it is great.

  5. On November 11, 2009 at 11:30 am Dan wrote:

    Making an intersection confusing and annoying while putting large metal poles one foot from the roadway is safer? Forcing people to drive in circles in busy traffic is safer?

    Call me old fashion but when the light is green you go and when it’s red you stop — can’t get any easier or safer than that.

  6. On November 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm Mew wrote:

    I have also seen numerous drivers making ILLEGAL u-turns at the Monkey Junction Post Office intersection. It doesn’t matter if there are signs, red flags, blinking lights, etc….some people are too busy on their cell phone to think that any traffic law applies to them….if they put a State Trooper there for a few days and start writing some tickets, that would help. I think the superstreet design along that section is a failure. People at those left turn signals will pull right out in front of you if you are on Carolina Beach Road. This is just another solution by NCDOT to justify their existance, and keep them employed, and will get someone killed. New Hanover County is #1 in the State for traffic accidents for a reason! Most drivers in this area have no regard for the law.

  7. On November 12, 2009 at 8:05 am Scott Edwards wrote:

    I am very open minded to other views. When someone has a different opinion than me I try hard to understand that opinion. And usually I can at least understand some aspect of that opinion. But I cannot understand the super-street design in discussion here. I think it’s stupid in every way I think about it. I cannot believe they have done it. It’s far worse than the typical design. It’s simply inefficient, unreasonable and dangerous. The DOT or other agency officials responsible for implementing this terrible design should be held accountable.

  8. On November 15, 2009 at 11:29 am Citizen wrote:

    I live off Eastwood Rd. and it has made it very dangerous in this area. Now you have to make a U-turn in front of traffic going 45 – 50 mph. It is a busy road.
    Now I can see where the Scotts Hill area is working. I have been there many times and have used it. I believe it works for the most part there.

  9. On June 5, 2010 at 9:23 am anon wrote:

    “U-turns have been eliminated but people do U-turns at these intersections all the time.” – Is it NCDOT’s fault drivers do not obey traffic laws?

    “Even with red flags on the NO-U-TURN signs, motorists are still making u-turns.” – Again, is this NCDOT’s fault?

    “It doesn’t matter if there are signs, red flags, blinking lights, etc….some people are too busy on their cell phone to think that any traffic law applies to them” – Once again, is it NCDOT’s fault? It’s obvious that U-Turns are illegal.

    “If they put a State Trooper there for a few days and start writing some tickets, that would help” – Probably so!

    “This is just another solution by NCDOT to justify their existance, and keep them employed, and will get someone killed. New Hanover County is #1 in the State for traffic accidents for a reason! Most drivers in this area have no regard for the law.” – Jury is still out on this one…the original question was has the new design reduced accidents in this area. NCDOT has not compiled the results. Shouldn’t we respond with comments saying whether or not we’ve noticed an increase/decrease in accidents?

    “It’s simply inefficient, unreasonable and dangerous. The DOT or other agency officials responsible for implementing this terrible design should be held accountable.” – Same answer…jury is still out, wait for the results, then lay the blame if justified.

    Has anyone noticed that traffic congestion in front of the MJ post office has increased/decreased/no change since the new design?

    Are you stopped waiting at this light more/less/same?

    Gotta stop blaming NCDOT for everything…they can’t design roads to be stupid proof. They’re trying to make it better for the majority.



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