DOT plans to convert portion of Glenwood Avenue into freeway

Posted October 24, 2016
Updated October 26, 2016

— A five mile stretch of Glenwood Avenue from Raleigh to Durham could be converted into a freeway.

The Department of Transportation is considering the change to reduce congestion and create better traffic flow from Interstate 540 in Raleigh to Interstate 85 in Durham.

The move would involve converting Glenwood Avenue, also known as U.S. 70, between T.W. Alexander Drive and Lynn Road in Durham into a freeway, cutting off many connections with the exception of a few intersections along the road.

Customers would likely have to start using service roads to get to businesses and, for some property owners, things could get more severe.

“Some of them may be served by surface roads parallel, or service roads and there could be some impacts that could get into taking real estate. At this point, we are not sure,” said NCDOT Deputy Division Engineer Richard Hancock.

The traffic on Glenwood Avenue is what drew Raul Palomeque to the location to open a busines.

"I moved here six years ago to improve my business. More exposure," he said.

Palomeque's computer repair business, Compuclinic, used to be in another location, hidden from passing customers. When he reopened along U.S. 70, everything changed.

"People come in. I get a lot of drive-bys," he said.

The new plan could mean that things will change again for Palomeque, as DOT officials ay there is too much congestion on the corridor.

'That would provide a better flow for the traffic from 540 over to 85. There is a lot of congestion out there. Anyone who travels that corridor out there knows that," Hancock said.

The planning process for the project has just begun and public meetings will come in the future. Construction on the project would not start until at least 2024.

In the early stages, it is hard to predict how property will be affected, but Palomeque hopes the road improvements do not make it hard for his customers to find him.


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  • Andrew Stephenson Oct 25, 2016
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    Here we go!

  • Andrew Stephenson Oct 25, 2016
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    I remember seeing a master plan of the 440/Lead Mine/Creedmoor corridor not too long ago. I don't think there is a timeframe on it yet, since it would be a MUCH larger project than this story, but the DOT is talking about a new exit that goes straight to the mall, and making the Lead Mine/Creedmoor intersections look like the Westgate intersection where it is just a freeway-style exit. It looks incredibly expensive and a multi-year project though.

  • Ileana Bryan Oct 25, 2016
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    They seriously need to concentrate on that other half of Glenwood...the whole Crabtree area. Nightmare, nightmare, nightmare!

  • Crystal Czeck Oct 25, 2016
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    They need to concentrate their efforts on that excuse for a road, Capital Blvd.

  • Aiden Audric Oct 25, 2016
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    So, they knew 540 was coming since the 80s and the very first part was to connect I40 to US70! The traffic volume isn't a surprise - they created it!

    It took about 30 years to plan, build, and then discover the problem? Whatever they plan for 2024 will already be outdated by the time the contracts are signed.

  • PD May Oct 25, 2016
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    Why stop at TW Alexander? Continue the freeway all the way past Brier Creek Pkwy to 540! Heading east in the evening rush, there is a backup at Miami, but the traffic flows between there and Alexander. Only short delays at Alexander, but the BIG problem is getting through the Brier Creek Pkwy light. Make that a Highway interchange and that takes care of most of the problem, for Hwy 70 and BCP.

  • Betsy Sparks Oct 25, 2016
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    Putting a highway in an area that floods regularly during heavy rain? Not sure that's a good idea.

  • Kevin Oliver Oct 24, 2016
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    Long overdue, but can we get started sooner than 2024? Ugh.