As I mentioned last month, there has been saturation enforcement (by the Highway Patrol, Union County Sheriff’s Department, and other participating law enforcement agencies) on Hwy 218. In the month of April, Union County deputies made 61 stops on Hwy 218. In May, the deputies made 236 stops. Deputies are on Hwy 218 every day making stops.
There is also a “Road Safety Audit” being done on the eastern end of Hwy 218. NCDOT is doing an in-house audit from Mint Hill to Hwy 205. Five year crash data is being analyzed to see what additional actions can be taken. Current planned and funded improvements include:
** 3 roundabouts that currently are being designed:
Hwy 218 and Ashley Glen Drive: Install left turn lane $550,000, submitted for funding.
Hwy 218 and Sikes Mill Road: Roundabout - plans are to submit for funding at the next NCDOT turn-in in August.
Here are some of the crash statistics over the past 5 years:
The highest number of crashes occurred in October; next highest November; next highest December, then March, then July then June.
The highest number of crashes occurred on Monday, next highest Thursday, then Friday, then Tuesday, then Wednesday, then Saturday, then Sunday.
I will continue to be in contact with the Sheriff’s Department and NCDOT.
As always, feel free to contact me at Pthomas@fairviewnc.gov
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