CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will convert the intersection of David Taylor Drive and Research Drive in Charlotte to a permanent multi-way stop at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, weather permitting. The current setup allows traffic on Research Drive to travel through the intersection, while traffic at David Taylor Drive has a stop sign.
This change is taking place in an effort to reduce congestion at the intersection. Crews will make the following adjustments:
• “STOP” and “STOP AHEAD” markings will be added on Research Drive;
• “STOP AHEAD” signs will be added on Research Drive in each direction;
• Stop bars will be added on Research Drive;
• “ALL WAY” signs will be added under the new stop signs on Research Drive and to the existing stop sign on David Taylor Drive; and
• Temporary signs will be installed at each of the intersection’s three approaches indicating the new traffic pattern.
These changes should be implemented by 1 p.m. Monday.
As drivers approach the intersection, they are advised to follow these right-of-way rules:
• The first vehicle to the intersection has the right of way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived;
• When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way;
• The vehicle with the right of way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
• When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must wait. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right of way; and
• Even with the right of way, remember to use the appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and pedestrians.
For more information, please contact Division Traffic Engineer Sean Epperson at (704) 983-4400.
For more information on navigating intersections, consult the North Carolina Driver’s Handbook. To get a copy, call 1-877-DOT-4YOU or visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv.
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