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Why haven’t ’emergency vehicle’ warning signs been put on Murrayville Road in front of the new fire station?

Ken Little
StarNews

The N.C. Department of Transportation denied a request to put up signs about a year ago, New Hanover County Fire/EMS Chief Donnie Hall said.

“We did ask DOT to put the plain yellow signs up there but we were turned down in our request,” Hall said. “I don’t know exactly why.”

N.C. DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo said the request was denied because the fire station can be seen from the road.

“Signs are not warranted at this location due to fact that the station is visible from the roadway,” Garifo says. “These signs are designed to make motorists aware of emergency vehicles if the building is set back from the roadway and is not easily visible.”

According to N.C. DOT State Rural System guidelines, fire station warning signs will be put up upon request, but only at locations that meet the following criteria:

1. Traffic volumes on the road in front of the fire station must average at least 1,000 vehicles per day.

2. A substantial amount of the traffic must be foreign in nature, i.e., out-of-state or non-local (non-repeat). Foreign or non-local traffic is that which does not use the route daily or several times weekly.

3. The signs will be erected only on roads meeting the first two criteria “and then only for fire stations where the stopping sight distance is less than 600 feet along one or both approaches to the driveway(s).”

Fire station warning signs will not be erected at locations where the speed limit is 35 mph or less, according to N.C. DOT.

The subparagraph of the General Statutes that details the guidelines is G.S. 136-18(5); 30.

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