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Why are no yield signs posted for U-turns from the left-turn configurations on College Road?

Patrick Gannon
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The N.C. Department of Transportation recently upgraded a number of intersections on South College Road between Shipyard Boulevard and Monkey Junction, creating new “superstreets” along that stretch in hopes of increasing capacity and promoting safety.

About 10 intersections were either removed or converted to left-turn/U-turn only, said Allen Pope, N.C. DOT division engineer.

Some intersections along that stretch with traffic signals have concurrent green lights for right-turning and U-turning cars, Pope said. At those junctions, there should be signs that say U-turns must yield for right turns, Pope said. If signs are missing, Pope suggested contacting the N.C. DOT at (910) 341-2000.

But at signalized intersections without the concurrent green signals, there aren’t signs, he said.

At intersections without traffic lights, there aren’t yield signs either, and there typically wouldn’t be, Pope said. At those intersections, motorists in the through lane and those making right turns have the right of way over left-turning or U-turning vehicles.

Pope said motorists’ unfamiliarity with the new design has led to a few minor crashes and near misses, but overall the project has done what it is supposed to – increase safety and capacity.

He said the N.C. DOT would monitor the changes for a few years.

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