It might be Union County’s most challenging intersection, but the five-way crossing near Unionville is about to become history.
Crews will close the intersection Monday morning for about six weeks and convert it to a roundabout.
When it reopens sometime around Aug. 24, the intersection will cause fewer backups. That will be welcome news to students, staff and parents who navigate the intersection en route to Piedmont Middle and Piedmont High schools, which are a short distance to the north.
The intersection brings together Sikes Mill, Tom Helms, Love Mill and East Lawyers roads. Old Camden Road intersects with East Lawyers Road about 100 feet east of the crossing.
Jen Thompson, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Transportation, said the new intersection will force “approaching motorists to yield to circulating traffic. This keeps traffic in the roundabout flowing.”
DOT officials said a detour route will be posted. Contractor J.T. Russell and Sons is working on a deadline to finish the project before the start of school.
The DOT already has installed roundabouts at two intersections in southwest Union County – at Weddington Road and N.C. 84 in Weddington, and at Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road and Potters Road south of Indian Trail.