Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Hey you, stop turning left onto Market Street from Kerr Avenue

Left turns were eliminated from Kerr Avenue onto Market Street in July but drivers are still making them, according to WPD.

Left turns will no longer be allowed for drivers travelling on Kerr Avenue onto Market Street (Port City Daily/File)
Left turns are no longer be allowed for drivers traveling on Kerr Avenue onto Market Street (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Police Department have a message for drivers in Wilmington: “Stop turning left onto Market Street from Kerr Avenue.”

In July, the North Carolina Department of Transportation eliminated left turns onto Market Street, but some drivers still haven’t gotten the memo.

“The traffic pattern eliminating left-hand turns from Kerr Avenue onto Market Street went into effect at the end of July, but we’re still seeing some people who have not yet adjusted. Although there are no turn signs and the lights no longer have turn arrows of any color, we want to make it very clear to motorists that you cannot turn left,” WPD spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.

For those drivers who want to turn left onto Market Street, there is a new traffic pattern taking side roads to help ease congestion.

“To make left turns you must use Cinema Drive or  Wilmington Street Extension. Any time a new traffic pattern is introduced, there is a transition period for drivers to learn it. We just want to reiterate drivers in that area should be cautious, stay alert, pay attention and obey the law, which includes not turning left onto Market from Kerr,” Dandron said.

The new pattern went into effect in an attempt to curb some of the accidents and traffic concerns in the are, and numbers so far are showing signs of improvement, however, it is unclear what role Hurricane Florence played in the decrease of tickets and accidents.

“Since Sept. 1, 2018, WPD has responded to 11 traffic crashes within 100-feet of the intersection. We’ve written 15 citations in this area of Market St. between the 4400-4699 blocks, Dandron said. “Between Sept. 1. 2017 and Nov. 6, 2017, WPD responded to 16 traffic crashes within 100-feet of the intersection, and wrote 39 citations in this area of Market St. between the 4400-4699 blocks.”


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