Raleigh, N.C. (WNCT) – Governor Pat McCrory announced that $50 million will be dedicated to improving highway safety and reducing the number of traffic accidents throughout North Carolina.
“These investments in road safety will help save lives,” said Governor McCrory. “One of my top priorities as governor is to ensure the safety and security of all North Carolinians.”
Improvements supported by these funds include high friction pavement, which improves friction during wet weather and reduces the risk of hydroplaning related accidents. Other safety improvements supported by these allocations include the addition of turn lanes, as well as the installation of new guardrails and traffic signals.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program will distribute $1 million to each of the Department of Transportation’s 14 Transportation Divisions and the remaining $36 million will be targeted to combat safety hazards across the state using a data driven process. The selection criteria evaluates local crash data among other metrics. Additionally, citizen groups, local elected officials and community leaders help identify specific traffic hazards to be considered for safety funds.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is dedicated to promoting highway safety awareness to reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in the state of North Carolina through the planning and execution of safety programs.
Highway safety improvement projects in our area include:
- In Carteret County, $60,669 to address a run off road crash concern by using a different type of pavement that helps water drain faster and install a guardrail at Nine Mile Road between Lilly Road and Bur Oak Road.
- In Pitt County, $92,300 to improve an existing traffic signal by providing a signal head over each through lane, protected left turn heads on U.S. 13, and three-section flashing yellow arrow left turn heads on Moye Boulevard.
- In Duplin County, $1,002,000 to address intersection tee-bone/angle and turning crashes by assigning additional turn lanes with directional lefts at the U.S. 117 Connector and N.C. 50.
- In Craven County, $77,600 to add LEDs on traffic signals on both Glenburnie Road approaches and add pedestrian signals along both sides of Glenburnie Road from Elizabeth Avenue to Brunswick Avenue.
- In Edgecombe County, $935,000 to improve the banking of the road through the curve and provide better alignment of intersecting streets along N.C. 111/112 between a half-mile stretch of Bullock School Road.