Q. Who approved the plan to install a traffic light at the new shopping center where Dunkin’ Donuts is in Hampstead? It creates a safety hazard for vehicles exiting Hampstead Village. Why wasn’t this light aligned with one of the entrances to Hampstead Village? Vehicles exiting Hampstead Village, in particular those turning left, get blocked and sometimes are taking unnecessary chances to get across.
A. “This signal was warranted and installed based on a study that was completed on the projected traffic volumes for the new development on the west side of U.S. 17,” said Jessi Booker, N.C. Department of Transportation deputy traffic engineer for Division 3.
Booker said it “was desired for the two driveways to line up,” but because she was not in her current NCDOT position at the time, she cannot elaborate “on any complications or restrictions for why it did not end up that way.”
“We would like to note that (N.C. DOT) is aware of the concerns along U.S. 17 in the Hampstead area and are currently pursuing a median project along this corridor,” Booker said.
Date posted: October 17, 2013
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