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Crews open majority of long-awaited Rolesville Bypass

Posted July 15, 2015
Updated July 16, 2015

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— Crews opened about 80 percent of the long-awaited Rolesville Bypass Thursday morning after months of delays and problems.

Northbound lanes of the bypass between N.C. 96 to south of Creek Pine Drive were opened in a two-way, two-lane pattern at 5 a.m. Thursday, and the section from south of Creek Pine Drive to Louisbury Road was in a four-lane pattern.

The final section of the project, southbound from N.C. 96 to Creek Pine Drive, is expected to be finsihed within two weeks, weather permitting, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said.

Several school buses waited about 10 minutes to turn right after stop lights would not turn green. Drivers called school officials to receive clearance to turn.

Despite the snags, the opening was welcomed by many, including driver Russ Piet.

"The best thing is when you have to get to (Interstate) 540," he said. "If you'd ever seen it here in the morning – bumper to bumper. It would take a half-hour just to get through Rolesville. Now, I can go on the bypass to 540 to RTP or the airport. Beautiful!"

The 6-mile bypass of U.S. Highway 401, which runs from Perry Creek to near Jonesville Road, includes a "superstreet" intersection at East Young Street. Motorists will turn right, drive a few hundred feet, then make a U-turn.

The "superstreet" intersection is equipped with traffic signals facing three directions.

Michigan-based DeVere Construction Co. started building the bypass around the town's south side in 2011 with a scheduled completion date of 2014. But they ran into weather delays and technical problems.

Because of the missed deadline, DeVere was barred from bidding on any new transportation projects in the state.

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  • Larry Wiandt Jul 16, 2015
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    Amen! Instead of a traffic light and driving straight through, I have a stop light then a right turn, then a stop light and a U-turn, then finally one more right turn. All this just to get across the road.

  • Annie Oakley Jul 16, 2015
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    A map would really be useful here...

  • Brian Hill Jul 16, 2015
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    Such backwards traffic engineering in this country. Should have used a roundabout.

  • Letha Book Jul 16, 2015
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    Same here Charlie.... and there is a "superstreet " intersection on all 3 roads that cross the bypass. Super stupid to me. My family used to shop Rolesville now we go to Zebulon. It is so much easier than crossing the bypass.

  • Ann Meyer Jul 16, 2015
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    One problem I see with yield sign coming out of Rolesville. There are going to be numerous accidents there for those that don't understand that yield means you just don't pull over into oncoming traffic unless you have proper clearance to do so. I will definitely be in the left lane when coming through that intersection.

  • Charlie Templeton Jul 16, 2015
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    Having drove through the "superstreet" a few dozen times I highly recommend the person who decided to use this, to be fired. Such a needless delay also the time it adds on for emergency vehicles.