05/19/10 107 W, 1 I - + 6 - 7 Fourth Time

WRAL reported yesterday that yet another vehicle drove off the unfinished section of I-540 in Knightdale, this time a tractor-trailer that crashed into trees at the bottom of an embankment. The driver was not seriously injured. That's the fourth time in the past year for such an accident. Today's News & Observer says the DOT is considering such safety improvements as "blinking flashers, more road signs and rumble strips on the pavement." What about physical barriers, although they'll only stop smaller vehicle. Big rigs would probably plow right through.

John Cox/WRAL photo

Hard to see “Blinking Flashers” when you are sleeping!
C.Parker - 05/19/10 - 11:01

All that for yard sale stuff.
Buckwheat - 05/19/10 - 15:41

I vote for some concrete Jersey barriers, with a big pile of dirt behind it. When it comes time to build the road, you can just throw it into the gully that already exists behind there (the “embankment” that everyone keeps driving off of). Then, you kill two birds with one stone — you stop the traffic from using the “alternate exit” that had been so widely talked about, and you have construction materials in place when I-540 is extended further.
CJS (Email) - 05/19/10 - 18:03

Dont know why its not like the unfinished section of Hwy264 just outside Greenville it has signs, concrete barriers,flashing lights? Wonder if it was left the same as 540 when it was finished and then updated after several people die or hurt?
DuckR3 (Email) - 05/19/10 - 20:23

For years the Beltline (pre I-440, heck, pre I-40) ended at New Bern Avenue. There were all sorts of signs, along with flashing lights that activated if you were going to fast. The same thing was at US1 and US64 and Apex-Macedonia Rd (now Tryon Rd) to warn you if you were going to fast for the ramp from US64 onto US1 north.

I never recall anyone running off of the Beltline at New Bern Ave. Of course, that was pre- cell phone, texting, etc.
DJ - 05/19/10 - 20:48

I rode through there yesterday and to be honest, it’s way too hard to miss that the road is ending, day or night. The merge signs start early, they ave the flexible mounted posts with lots of reflectivity to outline the lane as it bears off to the right, and behind that is three sets of high orange/white fences with big ROAD CLOSED signs. Throwing more money at this won’t save anyone, it’ll just make it more expensive to replace when the next person dives south off the hill. If they will just finish the road, the problem goes away.
Olson - 05/20/10 - 08:08

Sounds like a good photo project for the weekend, driver’s eye view. Watch this space.
Legeros - 05/20/10 - 08:10

they could always just build a big sand pit like a run-away truck ramp at the end… or people could just pay attention….
CFP 7021 - 05/20/10 - 14:45

Went by there today and there were a buch of folks from the DOT out walking around and looking.
Marcus - 05/20/10 - 19:41

You can’t fix stupid.
Ron White - 05/21/10 - 18:29

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