A notoriously sharp curve on a mountainous portion of roadway in Surry County, NC will be straightened by the state department of transportation, according to one recent report. The stretch of roadway, on N.C. 89 near Lowgap, NC, has been a deadly location for truckers and other motorists for years, enough so that it earned the nickname, “Snowbird Curve”.
Although complete statistics were not immediately available on the number of lives lost at the curve, officials have said that there have been numerous accidents at that location during the past several decades, with one estimate at more than 100 crashes.
The dangerous curve is on N.C. 89 near North Carolina 18, between Lowgap and the Virginia state line. Beyond its sharpness, the steepness of the mountain roadway adds to the hazards along with the narrowness of the two-lane route. The stretch of road is especially dangerous during bad weather.
While work can begin at the curve as early as Oct. 1, it is not scheduled to be completed until Nov. 28, 2014 and will present some hassles for those passing through the area. When necessary, a 40-mile detour route will be in place. To head north from Lowgap, motorists will travel south on N.C. 89 to Interstate 77-North into Virginia. They then will take Exit 14 onto U.S. 221/58 toward Galax, Va., then head south on Virginia 89 into North Carolina. Southbound traffic will reverse those directions, the North Carolina DOT says.
The North Carolina Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:
Our firm has more than 25 years of experience handling cases involving auto accidents in the region. If you’ve been injured on a dangerous stretch of NorthCarolina roadway and believe someone else is to blame, you should consult with a North Carolina personal injury attorney to discuss what legal options may be available to you.
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