COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A section of U.S. 74/76 in eastern Columbus County will be redesigned into a "superstreet" which will include new medians and a traffic signal.
According to a news release from the NCDOT, a 2.7 mile stretch of U.S. 74/76 between Water Tank Road in the Delco community to a point just east of the Brunswick County line will be reconstructed into a superstreet design.
A superstreet redirects motorists on the side roads into turning right onto the highway. U-turn areas will be created to allow drivers who turned right to safely turn around and go in the opposite direction. The design is intended to reduce the risk of crashes, especially high-speed intersection crashes. It is also intended to improve traffic flow along the highway.
The project also will include the installation of a traffic signal on U.S. 74/76 at N.C. 87 to improve safety and mobility.
Construction will begin later this year, and the project is scheduled for completion in summer 2020.