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Old 06-21-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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I hope y'all are fans of superstreets, because they're coming.

https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/...s.aspx?r=13983

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CHARLOTTE – Several intersections along U.S. 74 in Indian Trail will undergo some changes as part of a $9.5 million project that will get underway tonight, June 20, weather permitting.

The project includes converting four full-movement, signalized intersections to superstreets, a type of intersection where side-street traffic is redirected from going straight through or left at a divided highway intersection.

Instead, all side- street traffic must turn right, but can then safely access a U-turn to proceed in the desired direction. This design improves safety by reducing the chance for intersection crashes, and decreases travel time because of simplified traffic signal timing.

The intersections are located along U.S. 74 at Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road/Sardis Church Road, Faith Church Road, Unionville-Indian Trail Road, and Indian Trail/Indian Trail-Fairview Road.

The contractor, Sealand Contractors Corp., will be permitted to close lanes on U.S. 74 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The contract will also restrict lane closures during holidays and special events in Charlotte that may generate heavier traffic.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2018.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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I wouldn't call this improvements.
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Old 06-22-2017, 12:09 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I hope y'all are fans of superstreets, because they're coming.

https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/...s.aspx?r=13983
Sounds like a variant of a jughandle.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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Sounds like a variant of a jughandle.
Here's an illustration of a typical superstreet:



It's been done to NC-55 Bypass in Holly Springs and it drew some mixed reactions from the residents. I'm surprised NCDOT is doing anything with that stretch of US-74. I figured they would leave it as it is to encourage shunpikers to take the tolled Monroe Bypass (once it opens).
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:17 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Here's an illustration of a typical superstreet:



It's been done to NC-55 Bypass in Holly Springs and it drew some mixed reactions from the residents. I'm surprised NCDOT is doing anything with that stretch of US-74. I figured they would leave it as it is to encourage shunpikers to take the tolled Monroe Bypass (once it opens).
Looks like a weird variant of a jughandle, where left hand turns are funneled to one major crossing, from the right. The closest thing to a jughandle that I've seen around here is in Shelby, where a service road can be driven, next to 74, & traffic light crossovers are interspersed.
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:21 AM
 
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Sounds like a variant of a jughandle.
Having lived in NJ I was about to say the same thing.
It does make waits at traffic lights much shorter since you're not sitting around waiting for turn signals, and essentially 4 light changes / transitions.
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:31 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Having lived in NJ I was about to say the same thing.
It does make waits at traffic lights much shorter since you're not sitting around waiting for turn signals, and essentially 4 light changes / transitions.
I've said it repeatedly in threads concerning traffic circles, I'd rather see jughandles. I'm used to divided highways with cut-throughs, but when traffic reaches a certain level, the jughandles prevent random fools from darting out into traffic when they should stay in the cut-through.
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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With traffic moving at 70 mph, having people try to pull out from minor cross streets across four lanes of traffic is a source of lots of car accidents along 74. Now if people due their u-turns at 4 mph it might still be dangerous, but at least they can see on-coming traffic easier and only have to deal with one direction of travel on a busy highway.
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Old 06-22-2017, 07:08 AM
 
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Here's an illustration of a typical superstreet:



It's been done to NC-55 Bypass in Holly Springs and it drew some mixed reactions from the residents. I'm surprised NCDOT is doing anything with that stretch of US-74. I figured they would leave it as it is to encourage shunpikers to take the tolled Monroe Bypass (once it opens).
This looks like a terrible idea. I can see a lot of accidents due to people slowly pulling out and cutting traffic off to get into the left lane.
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Old 06-22-2017, 07:23 AM
 
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Should be interesting to see all the trucks from the HT distribution center trying to make uturns on 74. Hope they make really wide uturn lanes. I also chuckle at the description above that says "minor traffic". I don't think many of us would call the traffic that currently crosses or turns left at any of these intersections "minor".
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