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Does Brunswick County or the state have plans to improve safety at U.S. 17 and Hickman Road?

Q. The intersection at U.S. 17 and Hickman Road was “improved” some time ago with flashing lights and signs. Twice recently when traveling south on 17 I was required to brake hard and swerve because of someone’s rush to get onto 17 northbound from Hickman Road. A sign at that location is still lying down and bent in the median with tire tracks remaining in the grass from a similar incident. There have been numerous accidents and quite frankly a deadly accident is waiting to happen. Does Brunswick County or the state have any plans to correct this danger?

A. No projects are currently planned for the U.S. 17 and Hickman Road intersection at either the county or state level. However, according to Brian Rick, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the NCDOT will review the intersection along with their regional traffic office to determine if any additional safety measures are needed at the intersection and whether those improvements can be funded. Rick said the NCDOT decided to study the intersection because of a request they received to look into the need for further improvements at the intersection.

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Tom P

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