All-Way Stop Coming to Caldwell County

New signs to increase safety at intersection

GRANITE FALLS (April 18, 2022) – Drivers in Caldwell County will soon benefit from the creation of an all-way stop at an intersection with an elevated crash rate.

N.C. Department of Transportation crews will install traditional red stop signs at the intersection of Dudley Shoals Road and Morris Creek/Charlie Little Road early this week.

A study examined the 10-year crash history of the intersection revealed 14 dangerous angle crashes.

Dudley Shoals Road and Morris Creek Road/Charlie Little Road Accident 08-03-2017

Traffic heading in any direction at this intersection must now make a complete stop. Prior to this project, through traffic on Dudley Shoals Road did not stop. This change will improve safety and reduce crashes at this intersection near a church and elementary school.

Advance warning signs stating, “Stop Ahead” and “New Traffic Pattern” will also be installed for this project, which is part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

The goal of the program is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities by reducing the potential for crashes and the severity on public roadways.

Drivers should remember the following information for all-way stops:

• The first vehicle at the intersection has the right of way.

• When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way and may go straight or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right.

• When two facing vehicles approach an intersection simultaneously, 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 yield.

• Even with the right of way, drivers should remember to use appropriate turn signals and watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.

Motorists may visit the NCDOT all-way stop page for more information.

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