Morganton Road to remain open during roadwork

The N.C. Department of Transportation will convert two Moore County intersections into all-way stops in an effort to reduce crashes.

Departmental employees from Division 8 will make the changes on Aug. 8 at these two crossroads:

• Murdocksville and Juniper Lake roads, north of Pinehurst. Currently, drivers on Murdocksville Road do not have to stop.

• Hoffman and Rose Ridge roads, south of Foxfire. Only drivers on Rose Ridge Road now must stop.

The date is weather-dependent, as the work can be done only in dry weather. The workers will install the signs, remark the pavement and use flagging operations to manage traffic during the change.

Advance warning signs also will be installed on the roads that will get the new stop signs. Temporary signs warning the public of the new traffic pattern already have gone up.

As a reminder, drivers approaching an all-way stop should follow these rules:
• The first vehicle at the intersection has the right of way;

• When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way and may go straight or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;

• When two facing vehicles approach an intersection simultaneously, 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 yield; and

• Even with the right of way, drivers should remember to use appropriate turn signals and watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.

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