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Intersection converting to temporary all-way stop in China Grove

CHINA GROVE — The N.C. Department of Transportation will modify the intersection of West Rice Street, Cannon Farm Road and Mount Moriah Church Road into a temporary all-way stop on Wednesday.

The intersection has had stop signs at Cannon Farm and Mount Moriah Church roads, but not on West Rice Street.

“An N.C. DOT investigation found safety concerns where these roads meet, and a temporary all-way stop will provide safety measures needed ahead of construction of a permanent roundabout that should resolve safety challenges,” said J.P. Couch, DOT division traffic engineer. “This work is also being expedited ahead of the opening of schools in the area in an effort to acclimate motorist to the new traffic pattern before classes begin.”

To allow crews to install the additional stop signs and pavement markings, various lanes on both roads will be closed intermittently between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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.

• When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the right has the right of way.

• 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.

• Even with the right of way, drivers should use the appropriate turn signals.

The DOT encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach destinations safely.

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

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