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Why did N.C. DOT install at least 18 no-parking signs in a quarter-mile section on Castle Hayne Road, near Wrightsboro Elementary School?

Ken Little

The signs were placed at that location due to traffic congestion, N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tammy Stewart said.

“Multiple cars were pulling over and letting students out at the shoulder of the road rather than entering the school to drop students off,” Stewart said.

Officials at Wrightsboro Elementary School, 2716 Castle Hayne Road, Wrightsboro, made several attempts to caution parents not to let students out on the shoulder of the road, she said.

The effort was unsuccessful, and N.C. DOT sent a letter to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office on June 3, 2009, requesting that deputies patrol the area for parents dropping students off on the shoulder.

“Drivers who were pulled over on the shoulder of the road were in violation of GS 20-161(b) in which they obstruct normal movement of traffic,” Stewart said.

The signs were placed per department standards according to the N.C. DOT traffic supervisor, Stewart said.

“Safety is the department’s top priority and the signs were a last resort in order to relieve congestion and possible accidents in this area,” Stewart said.

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