The intersection at Bain School and Lawyers roads is expected to be improved next summer thanks to a new roundabout designed to keep traffic moving safely in the area.
Once complete, cars entering the roundabout will yield to traffic already in the circle, which will help reduce crashes associated with a traditional intersection, according to N.C. Department of Transportation spokewoman Jordan-Ashley Walker. Those types of crashes include T-bones, left-turn incidents and head-on collisions.
Nearby Thompson Road will not be included in the roundabout. Drivers turning onto Lawyers from Thompson will still be required to stop and wait for traffic to clear on Lawyers Road before proceeding.
10 Number of weeks expected for roundabout construction, according to N.C. DOT
Mint Hill Town Manager Brian Welch said the roundabout discussion began years ago as part of road improvements along Lawyers Road connected to the Bridges at Mint Hill, a shopping center coming to more than 200 acres near the Bain School Road-Lawyers Road intersection.
Though developer Childress Klein and owner Howard Hughes Corp. still haven’t released a timeline for shopping center construction, Walker said the roundabout will alleviate a longtime safety issue with the sharp curve and intersection at that location.
N.C. DOT’s estimated contribution is $1.5 million, with the remainder coming from the developer. Any other improvements on Lawyers Road in that area will be financed and built by the developer.
Walker said N.C. DOT hopes to begin roundabout construction in June 2016 with completion taking roughly 10 weeks.
Construction on the Lawyers Road roundabout is scheduled to coincide with the construction of another roundabout at Idlewild Road and N.C. 51, also on the books for summer 2016.
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