Traffic signal readied for busy north High Point intersection

Nov. 24, 2012 @ 06:48 PM

Motorists in north High Point traveling through a busy intersection near business parks and a large apartment complex soon will have a new traffic signal to regulate the flow of cars and trucks.
Crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation recently put up the traffic lights at Penny Road and Samet Drive, an intersection near Wendover Avenue. The number of vehicles at the intersection steadily has increased in the past decade because of the growth of stores, restaurants and offices in the Wendover Crossing and Wendover Landing business parks and the development of Highbrook Apartments on Samet Drive. The sprawling apartment complex is a block from the intersection, which also is near the north High Point Goodwill Industries store.
Daily traffic counts at Penny and Samet have reached up to 14,672 vehicles, according to city of High Point Transportation Department records.
The new traffic signal should be in operation by the end of December, said Mike Mills, a DOT division engineer out of Greensboro. Crews will put the signal on yellow and red flashes for a period of time to alert motorists to the set of lights before activating them to operate normally.
Motorists now traveling east on Samet stop at a “T” intersection where the road reaches Penny. The volume of traffic makes it difficult at peak periods for motorists on Samet to turn left on Penny toward Wendover, said Mark McDonald, director of the city Transportation Department. The city has coordinated efforts with DOT on the new traffic signal.
The volume of traffic at the intersection crossed the threshold to qualify for a traffic signal more than a year ago, McDonald said.
“It’s just taken this time to get the funding and everything lined up for it,” he told The High Point Enterprise.
The engineering estimate for the project’s cost is $100,000, Mills said.