The NC Department of Transportation doesn’t have any ordinances prohibiting pedestrians anywhere, said Bob Hammond, a division transportation technician.
There are statutes requiring pedestrians to walk against traffic, to use a sidewalk if one is present and to yield to vehicular traffic if they’re in the roadway. It is also illegal to ride an animal, moped, bike or any other kind of nonmotorized vehicle on an interstate or controlled access highway.
The North Carolina General Statutes address pedestrians in statutes 20-172 through 20-175.
“Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk only on the extreme left of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction. Such pedestrian shall yield the right of way to approaching traffic,” statute 20-174 states.
Just because a pedestrian can walk across the Memorial Bridge, though, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
“I don’t know that anything prohibits pedestrians, but I can tell you from experience, it’s not a great place to walk,” said Amanda Glynn, N.C. Department of Transportation’s division bridge program manager.
Date posted: July 2, 2013
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