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Deadly highway to get DOT attention

Staff Writer
Changes may soon be coming to an intersection on N.C. 150 near Denver that some have called dangerous, according to an announcement last week from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
After an extensive traffic study, the NCDOT is proposing plans to modify the intersection of N.C. 150 at Henry Dellinger Road and Lebanon Church Road by constructing left turn lanes in both directions of N.C. 150.
The department also plans to install overhead flashers at the intersection. It is currently controlled by stop signs.
“A pattern of rear-end and right-angle crashes prompted NCDOT to investigate making improvements,” officials noted in the press release. “Interim measures would include larger “Stop Ahead” signs and a 45 mile-per-hour speed limit along N.C. 150 through the intersection.”
As the Times-News previously reported, North Lincoln student Haley Shay Campbell, 17, was killed in a car wreck at the intersection last May. Following her death, her parents have been pushing for changes to that portion of the roadway, including a speed reduction, cautionary signage and flashing lights and a full traffic signal put in.
Jimmy Hamrick, regional traffic engineer for the NCDOT, told the Times-News in September that authorities were investigating the area’s crash history and analyzing average traffic patterns there to look into some of the proposed changes.
Some minor safety improvements have already been made.
Campbell’s father, Ted, said his wife, Connie, has been in discussion with Hamrick about modifications to the intersection.
“The intersection is notoriously dangerous with many accidents, including the one that killed our teenage daughter Haley,” he told the Times-News on Friday. “This is an outstanding improvement that we are sure will minimize the chance for future accidents happening and lives being endangered.”
“We are ready to do whatever is necessary to support Mr. Hamrick in getting this improvement budgeted and approved,” he added.
The release noted that a proposal for the project will be submitted later this month to the state traffic engineer, requesting funds for the improvements.
Also announced last week, DOT plans to widen and resurface another stretch of roadway in Lincoln County, nearly a mile of N.C. 27 near Boger City. DOT has award the $2 million contract to Davis Grading of Shelby. It is one of 29 contracts totaling more than $167 million awarded by the department for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina that were awarded last week.
The project will run from just east of the N.C. 150 intersection to Asbury Church Road and will entail the widening of the road to three lanes and the replacing of two deteriorated culverts, according to the release.
Officials expect the resurfacing to “extend the lifespan of the pavement, improve safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists,” the release said.
Work may begin as early as April 2 and be completed by Nov. 28.
During construction, an alternate route will serve as a detour, when necessary, around the work zone. Eastbound traffic will take Salem Church Road to Keener Road to Hill Road back onto N.C. 27. Westbound traffic will reverse directions.

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