HUNTERSVILLE – Several new signals expected to enhance traffic flow management at busy in-town intersections should be in service by the middle of the month.
All aspects of preparations and final-phase road work related to the implementation of new traffic lights at the east and west ends of Verhoeff Drive – at N.C. 115 and U.S. 21 – and at the intersection of Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road and Reese Boulevard at the south entrance to The Park - Huntersville are nearing completion.
Kevin Fox, the town’s public works director, said crews have begun the necessary pavement-resurfacing and lane-striping work, which represents the last steps toward activating the signals.
The town-installed signals have been in place but inoperable for several weeks while contractors completed mechanical and electrical work. Once the paving and re-striping aspects at each intersection are completed, the new traffic signals will be activated in “flashing mode” to make motorists aware of the signal placements.
“They will flash for five-to-seven days to give everyone a chance to know the signals are in place,” Fox said. “Then, they will be put into full service.”
The signals at each location were identified as traffic management priorities by the town, with signal placements earning final approval from the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The signals are town projects, with signal acquisition and installation for each location requiring about a $60,000 investment by the town, according to Fox. Combined with the engineering, design and traffic analysis efforts, each intersection upgrade represents a municipal expenditure of around $80,000.
The signals at the Verhoeff intersections are the final pieces of an end-to-end road upgrade related to the opening of the Huntersville Recreation Center, ongoing expansions at the Central Piedmont Community College campus and the road’s growing importance as a link to the Commerce Station industrial park on N.C. 115.