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Ask 13: Why are Long Shoals Road traffic signal poles being left up without lights?

"For the past 5 years (at least), I travel along Long Shoals Road and see what should be a functioning interchange for Linamar with traffic signal poles and a control box installed, but no traffic lights attached," Daniel Belisle wrote to Ask 13 in an email. "Why is NCDOT leaving the light poles up when Linamar will not use this intersection anytime soon?"

Traffic signal poles along Long Shoals Road that have long been missing lights have some people asking questions.

"For the past 5 years (at least), I travel along Long Shoals Road and see what should be a functioning interchange for Linamar with traffic signal poles and a control box installed, but no traffic lights attached," Daniel Belisle wrote to Ask 13 in an email. "Why is NCDOT leaving the light poles up when Linamar will not use this intersection anytime soon?"

The traffic signal poles are located along Long Shoals Road, right out side the back entrance to Linamar. It's not really an intersection, just a gated entry to the plant.

The poles have all the equipment for traffic signals -- just no lights. News 13 contacted the department of transportation to find out why they are there.

"This traffic signal was installed in January 2008 to provide access for the previous company that occupied the Linamar property," Anna Henderson from the Division 13 Office responded. "The traffic signal was taken out of service and the signal heads were removed when that company left. Since this is a permitted traffic signal, the infrastructure was left in place in case a new company would need the signalized access."

The DOT said they've been in contact with Linamar, and as of right now, they do not have any plans to open the Long Shoals Road access. But the poles will remain in place in case that changes.

Apparently, the signal lights were used for a brief time when Volvo operated the plant.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@WLOS.com

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