Safety improvements planned for North Carolina traffic lights – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE — Intersections in North Carolina should become safer soon, the North Carolina Department of Transportation hopes.

There are plans to improve safety when lights lose power or malfunction, a problem areas around Charlotte faced this week when a tornado and severe storms caused more than 100,000 power outages. On Saturday morning, two cars collided at an intersection in Gaston County because the lights were out at an intersection.

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NCDOT plans to modify more than 9,000 traffic signals across the state. Currently, lights on side streets flash yellow if there is a problem. With the update, the lights will only flash red, telling drivers to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

The change will take several years to complete.

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