Crossing the intersection from U.S. 21 south off ramp onto eastbound CC Camp Road will get a little bit easier and safer in the coming months, thanks to a new stoplight being installed at the intersection.
Daniel Adams, division traffic engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, explained a study was done in 2014 with a traffic count of that intersection. “We did a complete signal evaluation and it came up that it warranted (a stoplight) based on the ‘Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devises.’”
The contractor, Traffic Control Devices out of Salisbury, last week installed the signal lights, which are hanging covered over the intersection, but Adams said it still might be a few weeks to a couple of months before they are activated.
“The contractor has until Sept. 15 to complete the project,” Adams said. The full project will link the new traffic light with those from Walmart to Johnson Ridge Road, and includes changing the light at Johnson Ridge Road from a five-section signal to a four-section signal, similar to the one already in operation at CC Camp Road and North Bridge Street intersection.
“They’ve still got to get it inspected and get power to it, and they haven’t cut the loops into the road yet,” he said of the loop detectors which trigger the lights when a vehicle drives across them.
Adams said the light on the west side of the U.S. 21 overpass could become active before Sept. 15, depending on the time table the contractor has for the project.
“They will have it in flashing mode for three to seven days prior to turning it on,” he explained.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.