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The intersection of Hamilton and East Fifth streets is now a four-way stop, Roanoke Rapids interim police Chief Bobby Martin said in a statement.

The intersection has previously required traffic on Fifth Street to stop, but effective immediately, traffic on Hamilton Street must stop.

The project included installing stop signs on both sides of Hamilton Street, in addition to pavement markings and new signage on both roads to alert motorists to the new traffic pattern. The switch was approved by Roanoke Rapids City Council on May 21.

For more information about the rules of the roadway, contact the police department at 252-533-2810.

 Drivers approaching a four-way stop should follow these right-of-way rules:

  • The first vehicle to the intersection has the right-of-way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived
  • When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right-of-way
  • The vehicle with the right-of-way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right;
  • When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must yield. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right-of-way
  • Even with the right-of-way, remember to use the appropriate turn signals and be careful to avoid hitting other vehicles and/or pedestrians.