Navigating three intersections on Ficquette Road soon will become a bit safer.
During the March 20 Orange County Board of County Commissioners meeting, County officials approved traffic signals at the intersections of Ficquette and Overstreet Road/Inglenook Drive; Ficquette and Reams Road; and Ficquette and New Independence Parkway.
Following a traffic signal warrant study that gathered data on traffic volume, delay frequency and crash history, the signals were recommended for approval by county staff.
According to Humberto Castillero, the chief engineer of the County’s Transportation Engineering Division, the intersection of Ficquette and Overstreet receives 24,997 vehicles daily and has had two crashes in the past year.
The intersection of Ficquette and Reams gets about 18,645 vehicles on a daily basis and has also had two crashes in the past year, while the Ficquette Road and New Independence Parkway intersection sees 18,525 vehicles per day and has had three crashes.
Castillero added that the design of all three traffic signals will begin in May and construction will begin later this year, with completion anticipated by mid-2019.
For the Ficquette/Reams Road and Ficquette/New Independence Parkway intersections, a temporary span wire traffic signal will be installed and will later be reconstructed to mast arms once the Fiquette Road-widening project begins.
A signal warrant study is also being planned for the intersection of Ficquette and Fossick Road.