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Bridge over toll road to open in Cary

Posted February 2, 2011

— The McCrimmon Parkway overpass for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority’s Western Wake Freeway will open Thursday morning ahead of schedule, officials said.

The overpass, which has been under construction since last April, has two 201-foot bridges, each with two lanes. The westbound bridge includes a sidewalk for pedestrians. A 10-foot-wide, multi-use path for bicycles and pedestrians on the south side of McCrimmon Parkway is planned for the eastbound bridge.

Final pavement markings on the bridges and the roadway at both ends won't be done until temperatures rise in the spring, officials said. In the meantime, temporary lane markings are in place.

A flashing school zone sign has been installed near Panther Creek High School, as well as temporary message signs on McCrimmon Parkway and at the school to alert drivers and students about the new traffic pattern. The Town of Cary will continue to monitor and adjust the traffic signal timing on N.C. Highway 55 as needed, officials said.


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  • IzzMad2016 Feb 2, 2011

    And to the guy who rides his scooter to work down Davis Drive at 35-40 mph when the speed limit is 55 -- you are impeding traffic so badly that it is putting all of us, most especially yourself, in danger. If it is your only mode of transportation please find a different (safer) route to work.

  • IzzMad2016 Feb 2, 2011

    I thought cyclists had to follow the same "rules of the road" as cars do. It's irritating to be stopped at a light and 5 cyclists sidle past on the right in order to be in front instead of taking their "place" in line like the cars do. Sorry cyclists, but you know it happens and it happens a lot. Cyclists love to harp on how rude drivers are to them but cyclists are NO better.

  • kenshi Feb 2, 2011

    @ Mugu... that's not correct.

  • Mugu Feb 2, 2011

    Most cyclists ride because they got too many DUIs and lost their licenses.

  • 4Cats Feb 2, 2011

    Kiki - Something similar happened to me today in carrboro. My traffic light was green, the biker was turning right (into my lane) but did not stop and yield to the green light folks, but forced us to stop for him. So incredibly rude! Of course, if I had blown my horn at him, he probably would have yelled at me too. Even though he was clearly in the wrong.

    Bikes need to follow the same rules as cars!

  • kikinc Feb 2, 2011

    I have no problem with cyclists, except when it's rush hour and I'm stuck on Davis Drive behind a group of 20+ cyclists. It can get very frustrating at times. Or when I'm at a 4 way stop and have the right of way, and some cyclist comes racing down the hill and blows the stop sign, causing me to slam on my brakes. I could have killed some of them! Obey the rules of the road! However, most cyclists are courteous and obey the rules of the road. It stinks that those who don't give the rest a bad name.

  • AlwaysAmazed Feb 2, 2011


    I was just asking a question. No need to get your panties in a wad. Maybe you don't go 5mph but you certainly don't go anywhere close to the speed limit and I've seen this happen on very long roads so it puts you back more than 2 minutes.

    Go have yourself a beer and relax....geez.

  • The Oracle Feb 2, 2011

    ".,,But is it so hard to adjust uch fast paced lives to a moment of two of slowness?"

    It is not "a moment or two". All they need to do is ride in single file when there is heavy traffic, and the problem is solved. I bike/commute several thousand miles a year and I don't appreciate the bad rap we get because of the Many inconsiderate cyclists.

  • Justin T. Feb 2, 2011

    "The tears of the ignorant truly are delicious." --I know, right... the tears of smart people are so bland. Fortunately GOLO was invented so the market is literally flooded with the good stuff.

  • LtDansMagicLegs Feb 2, 2011

    Love the rocket scientists who come out of the woodwork everytime even the word "bicycle" is mentioned in an article. I mean really, crying over a multi use path that pedestrians and cyclists use is truely laughable. Cry if they have a path, cry if they are on the road with you.

    The tears of the ignorant truly are delicious.