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Are there plans to install an ’emergency signal’ at Fire Station No. 10 on Oleander Drive?

Ken Little

There are no plans to install an emergency signal or emergency vehicle sign at the fire station, 6102 Oleander Drive, N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo said.

Signs are not warranted at some fire stations because they are visible from the roadway, Garifo said.

To justify installing or upgrading a traffic signal, certain criteria specified in a traffic control guide published by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration must be met.

The manual lists eight criteria for a traffic signal installation. At least one must be met to justify installation.

The criteria includes eight-hour vehicular volume, four-hour vehicular volume, peak hour volume, pedestrian volume, the proximity to a school crossing and a coordinated signal system, and if the intersection is near a grade crossing.

Signs are designed to make motorists aware of emergency vehicles if the building is set back from the roadway and not easily visible, Garifo said. Signage criteria includes road traffic volumes and origin, with an emphasis on non-local traffic.

Fire station warning signs won’t be erected at locations where the

speed limit is 35 mph or less, according to the N.C. DOT.

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