CORDOVA — Starting Wednesday, those entering or leaving Cordova on Ledbetter Street will have to stop for newly installed signs.
After completing a five-year study of fatalities that occurred at the Ledbetter-Old Cheraw Highway intersection, the N.C. Department of Transportation has decided to make traffic in all four directions stop before entering the crossroad. Signs announcing that intent have been up for a few days.
“Anytime there’s a fatality, traffic engineers will investigate the roadway to see if there’s anything we can do to improve safety,” NCDOT spokesman Andrew Barksdale said Thursday. Options would include more signs or, in the case of a high number of crashes, traffic signals.
Engineers studied the Cordova crossroad from 2012 to 2017 and found one fatal crash, one resulting in severe injuries and 18 causing less severe harm.
For some reason, Octobers and Saturdays were particularly unsafe, yielding 30 percent and 40 percent of the total crashes, respectively.
When the new stop signs go up, Barksdale said, “people, if they’re following the law, everybody will stop (and the intersection will be) more safe.”
Flag operators for NCDOT will manage traffic flow during sign installation — if the weather is temperate. Workers will not be able to lay stripes to accompany the new signs if it rains.