On Dec. 21, a new turning light was installed at the busy intersection.
“There have been several requests in the past 10 years regarding the light, and finally the DOT, in the fall of last year, approved the change,” said Kumar Neppalli, Chapel Hill traffic engineering manager.
The traffic signal at the intersection is owned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation but is maintained by the town, Neppalli said. Any decision regarding the light is made by the NCDOT but is implemented by the town of Chapel Hill, he said. The NCDOT specifically authorized a protected (green arrow) and permissive (full green ball) signal for northbound, left-turning vehicles.
Previously there was no green arrow for vehicles attempting to turn left, leading to backed-up traffic on Raleigh Street during peak hour periods.