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What does it take to get a traffic light installed?

Ken Little

Q. How many wrecks does it take to get a traffic light installed? There is hardly a day goes by without a wreck in front of Big Lots on Market Street. Is the intersection in Ogden on the list for lights to be installed?

A. The number and type of crashes are considered when determining if a traffic signal is appropriate for an intersection, said Katie Hite, division project development engineer for N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division 3.

Other considerations are traffic volumes and the surrounding roadway network, she said.

“There are nine signal warrants that are reviewed any time we review an intersection for a traffic signal. These warrants are provided to us and mandated across the country,” Hite said.

The warrants define the minimum conditions justifying a signal installation.

The section of Market Street in front of Big Lots is being designed for a median to be constructed. The project is still in the design phase, Hite said.

Benjamin Hughes, DOT Division 3 traffic engineer, added that the project will allow for a left-hand turn onto Wendover Lane in front of Big Lots, “but no left out.”

Hite said there are no current plans for a traffic signal.

“There is no plan for a traffic signal to be installed at that location,” she said.

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