NCDOT steps up efforts to change dangerous Columbus Co. intersection

NCDOT steps up efforts to change dangerous Columbus Co. intersection
(Source: WECT)
(Source: WECT)
(Source: WECT)
(Source: WECT)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation is stepping up its efforts to change a dangerous intersection in Columbus County to a four-way stop following a deadly crash Thursday morning that claimed the life a Riegelwood woman and her 8-year-old daughter.

According to a NCDOT news release issued Friday afternoon, crews are placing message signs at the intersection of NC 87 and NC 11, letting motorists know about the upcoming pattern change.

Currently, traffic on NC 11 must stop, but not on NC 87.

NCDOT officials say crews are expediting the process and hope the change will take place by Oct. 13.

This fix will only be temporary. The NCDOT says the intersection will eventually be upgraded into an interchange complete with bridges and ramps. However, construction isn't expected to begin for a few years.

These changes were announced following a deadly crash that occurred at the intersection Thursday morning. Rebecca Roberts, 30, of Riegelwood, and her 8-year-old daughter Constance were killed after their car collided with a tractor-trailer.

Andre Lovett lives near the intersection, and said he's seen at least 7 accidents, many involving tractor trailers. He said he's grateful to see work being done, but thinks a stop sign may not be the answer.

"In my opinion, a traffic light would be the best thing. A stop sign will slow you down, but most people don't stop," Lovett said.

He urges drivers in the area to be cautious during the traffic pattern change.

"Take that two or three minutes to look both ways, even if it takes a little bit longer make sure that there's nothing coming," he said, "If you see a tractor trailer coming, and you're not sure if you can get in front of it, don't (go)."

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