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Why doesn’t the N.C. DOT install deflectors around the backlit left turn traffic light on the MLK Parkway at Kerr Avenue?

Ken Little
StarNews

The N.C. Department of Transportation will look into the situation, spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo said.

“Installing backplates may seem safer, however, in some cases it can pose problems,” Garifo said.

For example, she said, the additional weight on the signal pole or span could create issues, particularly when high winds are factored in.

“The department will look into this request to see if the span can accommodate the additional weight,” Garifo said.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway at Kerr Avenue (Map)

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One Response to “ Why doesn’t the N.C. DOT install deflectors around the backlit left turn traffic light on the MLK Parkway at Kerr Avenue?”

  1. On October 9, 2010 at 11:27 am Mister wrote:

    Additional weight? The back plates only weigh about 2 or 3 pounds each maybe even less and are made from aluminum that is only about 1/8 of an inch thick.

    You don’t see hardly any backplates in the Wilmington area anymore. All other parts of the state have them other than the Division 3 area of NCDOT that covers Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Sampson and Onslow Counties.

    I have asked about backplates before and was told they don’t use them because it costs money, and this was back in 2001-2003.

    NCDOT spends all sorts of money of other things, but wen it comes to traffic signals and such they wait until someone is seriously injured and threatens to sue the state before they do anything about it. Look at the traffic situation in Hampstead if you don’t believe me.



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