A dangerous intersection in Columbus County will soon become a four-way stop.
The Department of Transportation announced today (Wednesday) that the intersection of U.S. 76 and N.C. 242 in downtown Cerro Gordo will become a four-way stop sign next week. The speed limit will also be dropped to 35 miles per hour through town.
The move came in part due to the expansion of Cerro Gordo Elementary. The DOT also said that most wrecks at the intersection occur when drivers on N.C. 242 fail to yield the right of way. Improvements will also be made to sevral streets and intersections to improve traffic flow.
With a four-way stop, the first vehicle to arrive at an intersection has the right of way. The change is scheduled to be implemented beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 10, so drivers may encounter delays and brief lane closures. Motorists should be alert for workers while traveling through the area. The work on the intersection is dependent on dry weather.