INDIAN TRAIL – Drivers on U.S. 74 will see new traffic patterns at the Indian Trail-Fairview Road/Indian Trail Road intersection as part of a $9.5 million project to convert four signalized intersections to “reduced conflict intersections.”
Reduced conflict intersections simplify traffic movements by reducing the number of conflict points, or possible locations, where vehicles can collide, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Side-street traffic is redirected to turn right to enter the flow of traffic, while drivers wanting to go in the opposite direction enter a lane to make a U-turn.
Starting Sunday night, Sept. 8, motorists traveling on U.S. 74 wishing to turn left to the side roads will need to use the U-turn locations for up to eight weeks while crews build concrete islands in the median.
A permanent change in the pattern will see drivers approaching U.S. 74 from the side roads turning right, then making a U-turn to reach their destination. When the project is completed, drivers on U.S. 74 will be able to turn left onto the side roads again.