LETTER: More signage would be helpful on bypass

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The long awaited completion of the interchange of N.C. 87 and the southern end of the bypass has at last arrived. There are unfortunate design flaws in the interchange, however, that can be very challenging, especially for drivers who are unfamiliar with these roads.

The southbound lanes of N.C. 87 could have followed a straight course past the interchange. The engineers chose to create three sharp curves in this half-mile stretch. The right lane terminates at two points, forcing the driver to yield to other drivers who have decided to pass, and again to automobiles entering from the bypass.

Drivers approaching the interchange from the south might assume that the right lanes would connect them with the bypass. Drivers who wish to follow the business route into downtown Sanford might assume that the left lanes would take them in this direction. The opposite is true. A large sign gives the appropriate directions, but it may be difficult to take corrective action at this point when much of the traffic is exceeding the speed limit.

It might be helpful to post speed limit signs along these roads, and also no passing signs where appropriate.

Thomas K. Spence Jr.