“Little Bridge”

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) confirms it has received the Nags Head Board of Commissioners’ recent request for a pedestrian-activated light at the crosswalk on the Little Bridge, the span used by fishing enthusiasts from the concrete walkways along the Nags Head-Manteo Causeway. The department says it hopes to have information to share with the town toward the end of this month.

      Citing what they described as a defective crosswalk that NCDOT has failed to adequately address, the Nags Head Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution at their June 5 meeting requesting a traffic signal similar to the one on U.S. 158 that provides a pedestrian crossing between Jockey’s Ridge State Park and the shopping complex at milepost 12.5.

      "This board has said it, and said it, and said it again,” said Mayor Ben Cahoon at the meeting. “We don’t want one of those situations where someone has to die before something gets fixed.”

      There have been two accidents involving a vehicle rear ending another one that stopped at the crosswalk on the bridge in recent weeks, according to Nags Head Police Chief Phil Webster. Webster also said that, since 2014, there have been 20 collisions at the bridge’s crosswalk.

      NCDOT Division One Communications Officer Tim Hass told the Sentinel he had spoken to the DOT engineer on July 3 and explained that "the kind of data we're looking to get takes weeks, not days to gather...We are in the process of gathering that data now, and will be doing about two more weeks of traffic counts."

      Noting that the department has also placed "mobile sign boards warning approaching traffic to look for pedestrians in an effort to get motorists to be more aware of the crosswalk while we gather that data," Hass added that the engineer expects to have the new information ready to share with the town during the week of July 22.

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(3) comments

BreynnBailey

There are now 10 signs. 10! Notifying drivers that there is a crosswalk at the little bridge. 🤨 That does not include the crosswalk itself. None of which are solutions to the problem. Traffic is too fast and there is low visibility...not just from the sun. There are so many poles holding up signs you can't see anyone standing there. Kent State University has a fantastic ped. light set up. Whatever is decided on. I would think there would need to be some kind of consistancy all over the outer banks.🤔 Confusion and Delay

banksbeam

I agree a pedestrian-activated light should go on the Little Bridge, but it won't necessarily solve the problem. There's a similar pedestrian-activated red traffic light at the crosswalk over the bypass between Kitty Hawk Kites and Jockeys Ridge SP, and I've personally witnessed a number of drivers blow through a red light with pedestrians in that crosswalk. Vehicles are traveling at 50+ mph, and there is no intersection at either location, so many drivers don't really process that there can be pedestrians crossing and a mandatory-stop red light. Both crosswalks are very dangerous areas on an accident-prone road, with or without a traffic light.

Windy Bill

Breynn is right on point! The visual clutter along our roads is pollution that endangers our safety. Poles and signs must be reduced so the important ones are more prominent.

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