A tricky Craven County intersection along Highway 70 has been reworked by NCDOT.
On Monday night, crews with the State Department of Transportation installed plastic curbing at the intersection of Highway 70 and Garner Road to prevent cars from crossing two lanes of traffic to turn left. Now, motorists will only be able to make a right hand turn. Spokesperson for NCDOT Andrew Barksdale said the change will improve safety at the intersection.
“We’ve had a lot of T-bone accidents or angled crashes. What’s happened is people are on Garner Road and they’re getting into the median but they still want to go straight or go left and they’re making mistakes and there’s crashes happening.”
The new traffic pattern is only temporary, Barksdale said. Construction begins next year to convert Highway 70 in James City to Interstate standards, permanently closing off access to Garner Road.