Ask Us: Readers submit questions about Salisbury road work

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 2, 2020

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SALISBURY — Road users might know their daily commute to work or school by heart, including details like where the road curves or where the speed limit changes.

That doesn’t mean that they always know when roads are going to be repaved, though, or why a certain traffic signal is set up the way that it is. Several readers recently submitted questions about Salisbury’s roads.

First, one reader asked about the traffic pattern at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Arlington Avenue. Specifically, the person wanted to know about right turns from northbound Arlington onto eastbound Innes Street and said the current traffic pattern makes other cars wait when one wants to make a U-turn on Innes Street. The reader asked if there could be a “no right turn on red” sign at the intersection.

Innes Street is maintained by the N.C. Department of Transportation and Arlington Street is maintained by the City, according to Wendy Brindle, city engineer for Salisbury. The city looks into any problems at the intersection and works with NCDOT to resolve them, Brindle said.

There have been a high number of complaints about the U-turns at the intersection, Brindle said.

“Several years ago, we performed an accident review and did not find that restriction of movements was warranted,” she said. “We did, however, erect a sign for the U-turns, stating that U-turns must yield to right turns. We will take another look at the field conditions to see if there are improvements we can make to signage.”

Another reader asked whether there were plans to repave Stokes Ferry Road between Newsome Road and Laura Springs Drive.

The road is set to be resurfaced this summer between Innes Street and Crane Creek, said Pat Ivey, division engineer for Highway Division 9 of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. That’s roughly a mile of the roadway.

Finally, another reader asked about the intersection of Bendix Drive and Faith Road. Could there ever be a right turn lane added from Bendix onto Faith, the reader asked.

The answer, according to Ivey, is that the intersection soon will only allow right turns.

“As part of the Newsome Road Extension project currently under construction between Faith Road and Bendix Drive, a concrete median will be installed at Faith Road to prevent left turns out of Bendix Drive,” Ivey said. “The intersection at Bendix Drive and Faith Road will become right-in/right-out only.”

The median is set to be installed soon and the Faith Road project overall is set to be finished by April 1, Ivey said.