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Pender Commissioner pushes to improve safety on Highway 11

A fatal wreck on Highway 11 in July killed three people. A fatal wreck on Highway 11 in July killed three people.

PENDER COUNTY, NC - (WECT) - Pender County Commissioner, Jimmy Tate, met with members of the Department of Transportation to discuss safety concerns on Highway 11 in the Willard/Penderlea area.

At the meeting, leaders discussed making several changes to help improve safety, including:

1-   NCDOT will take efforts to enhance the recognition of the existing 45 mph "advisory speed signs" before entering curve sections of the road.

2-   NCDOT will conduct a "Speed Study" along State Highway 11.

3-   NCDOT will evaluate and removal any "line of sight obstructing" debris along the road banks of State Highway 11 in problematic locations.

4-   NCDOT will ensure shoulders of the road are clean, thus improving adequate drainage during heavy rains.

5-   NCDOT will study improving the outer edge stripping and the possibility of a "wave edge" warning strip.

6-   Pender County will ask the Sheriff's Office to increase patrols along the road and consider strategically installing an "Instant Speed Sign".

The meeting and changes come after a wreck on the road last month, three people were killed including six-year-old Lucy Ann Giddens.

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