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Why does traffic turning left onto Burnett Boulevard from Shipyard Boulevard have to yield instead of the traffic merging onto Burnett from Shipyard?

Ken Little

“Traffic from Shipyard Boulevard turning right onto Burnett Boulevard is in a free-flowing traffic pattern, not a merge. Traffic turning left onto Burnett Boulevard from Shipyard has to yield because it crosses westbound Shipyard Boulevard traffic to get onto Burnett Boulevard. This is the best configuration to keep traffic flowing,” said N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo.

Denys Vielkanowitz, signal system management engineer, added a few thoughts.

“The signing was placed in accordance to traffic volumes at the time the intersection was constructed. At the time, there may have been more traffic turning from westbound Shipyard Boulevard to northbound Burnett Boulevard,” Vielkanowitz said.

The yield signs were installed to allow “free flow conditions for the majority of traffic,” he said.

“While it is not the typical signing strategy that is encountered on interstate ramps and other intersections, it is a simple concept and was justified at some point. Let’s just hope our new drivers, as well as experienced drivers, are still taught what ‘yield’ means, regardless of sign placement,” Vielkanowitz said.

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