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Safety Project Planned for Raeford Road in Western Fayetteville
Project to restrict left turns at two locations
FAYETTEVILLE – A project to improve the safety and traffic flow of a busy stretch of Raeford Road in western Cumberland County is scheduled to begin this fall.
Contract crews will close median breaks and restrict left turns at two locations along Raeford Road between Hoke Loop and Cliffdale roads in western Fayetteville. Although traffic on Raeford Road will still be able to turn left onto either Sykes Pond or Tunbridge roads with the changes, motorists from those side streets will have to turn right and then make a U-turn to go their desired direction.
“Traffic making a left turn across a road like this with a high volume of traffic can create more opportunities for collisions that result in serious crashes,” said Jason Salisbury, a resident engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division 6 in Fayetteville.
Raeford Road, which has four lanes with a grassy median along this stretch, will be improved with additional pavement at the U-turn areas. The road, also known as U.S. 401, carries about 30,000 vehicles each day near Hoke Loop Road.
The department recently awarded the nearly $1.9 million job to Highland Paving Co. of Fayetteville. The company can begin next month and will have one year to finish.