North High Point intersection will become four-way stop

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 11:16 PM

An increasingly busy neighborhood intersection in north High Point will become a four-way stop this week.
On Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation will install additional stop signs at Willard and Hickswood roads to create an all-way stop. The intersection currently has stop signs facing Hickswood Road, but traffic on Willard Road is not required to stop.
To allow crews to install the additional stop signs and pavement markings, various lanes on both roads will be closed intermittently between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the DOT.
The intersection is being converted to an all-way stop because of limited site distance and safety concerns. In the case of inclement weather Tuesday, the DOT will postpone making the changes until the weather permits.
The DOT doesn’t plan to install a traffic signal at the intersection in the future, said Amanda Perry, spokeswoman for the DOT out of Raleigh.
“This is, at this point, a permanent solution. In addition to realigning the stop signs to make it an all-way stop, we’ve realigned the roadway to improve the sight distance,” Perry said.
Here are rules for motorists for all-way stop intersections:
• The first vehicle to the intersection has the right of way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived.
• When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way.
• The vehicle with the right of way may move straight ahead or, after signaling, turn left or right.
• 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.