State transportation officials believe new flashing left-turn arrows will result in fewer accidents at the busy intersection of Halstead Boulevard Extended and Tanglewood Parkway.
Earlier this week, DOT, installed yellow left-turn arrows on the traffic signals at both Halstead Extended approaches to Tanglewood Parkway, as well as the signal at the southbound Tanglewood approach to Halstead Boulevard Extended.
Jason Davidson, an acting DOT Division 1 traffic engineer, said Wednesday that while the installation of the project is complete, DOT will be modifying the timing of the traffic signals over the next few weeks to ensure the most favorable efficiency to traffic flow.
The new signals at the intersection cost an estimated $16,000.
A flashing yellow turn light means a motorist can turn, but must yield for oncoming traffic. The yellow turn light eventually turns to a protected solid green arrow, giving the motorist the right of way.
The Halstead Extended-Tanglewood intersection has been the scene of 70 reported accidents between 2007 and 2012, with 54 of them occurring from 2010-12, the DOT’s most recently available traffic data shows.
The most recent accident at the intersection happened Jan. 8. No injuries were reported in the three-vehicle collision.
DOT statistics show Halstead Boulevard Extended is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Pasquotank County, with an average daily traffic count of approximately 15,000 vehicles.
The Halstead Extended-Tanglewood intersection is the place where motorists driving west from Elizabeth City or heading east from the nearby U.S. Highway 17 bypass interchange have to enter the Shoppes at Tanglewood shopping center.
The shopping center’s featured store is the Walmart Supercenter. The parkway also connects with the large Tanglewood Apartments complex behind the shopping center.