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What’s wrong with the traffic light at Carolina Beach Road and Morningside Drive?

Ken Little

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“What can you do or tell me about the light at Carolina Beach Road and Morningside Drive/Central Boulevard? When you are trying to make a left out of Morningside, you can sit there for up to seven minutes at times. The light does not ‘trip’ unless a car comes to make a left onto Carolina Beach Road from Central Boulevard. Is there anything that can be done?”

And the answer:

“The sensor for this location and approach was checked and is functioning properly. Based on observations, vehicles frequently pull forward of the stop bar to see Carolina Beach Road,” said Don Bennett, traffic engineer for the city of Wilmington.

Bennett said that the stop bar, or the wide white line across the lanes, marks where vehicles should stop during red.

“To accommodate the marked pedestrian crossing parallel to Carolina Beach Road, the stop bar is set back from the intersection,” Bennett said.

He included is a link to a video produced by the city several years ago that explains the situation. The link is below.

The situation is also being looked at by the N.C. Department of Transportation, said Katherine Hite, Division 3 traffic engineer.

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