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Safety project aims to prevent collisions at Jake and Morlan Park

SALISBURY – N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews are working to improve safety for drivers through a project that is expected to significantly reduce the potential for crashes at Jake Alexander Boulevard and Morlan Park Road.

“A five-year crash study from 2010 to 2015 revealed several angled collisions and near-miss encounters at this intersection,” said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey. “City officials and citizens have expressed that this project is a top priority in their community. Thus, it’s a top priority for the department.”

Crews will install a median on Jake Alexander Boulevard that will prohibit left turns from Morlan Park Road onto Jake Alexander Boulevard. The median will continue to allow left turns from the main highway onto Morlan Park Road.

The change will lower the number of ways a crash can occur at the intersection, which are known as “conflict points,” the DOT said.

“Based on our experience with similar projects that eliminate conflict points, we expect the total number of wrecks in this area to drop by more than half,” said John button, regional traffic safety engineer.

Construction will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday and is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. June 30.

The state Board of Transportation approved $550,000 to pay for the project,” said Division 9 board member Michael Wells Sr.

The DOT reminds motorists to use extra caution in the work zone, watch signs for construction information, and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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