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Fuquay-Varina's population, traffic headaches growing

Posted January 19, 2015

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— Since 2010, Fuquay-Varina's population has grown almost 20 percent, and the traffic headaches have also grown in recent years.

Last month, the town took action, asking the state Department of Transportation to make the intersection at Main Street and Judd Parkway a higher priority for improvements. The town wants to redesign it with extra lanes and a freer-flowing traffic pattern to help ease traffic jams during the morning and evening commutes.

Drivers shouldn’t expect instant results, according to town officials. Construction would begin in 2017 at the earliest.

“Everybody would love to snap their fingers and see the improvements made, but that's not how it works. There's a design process,” said Town Manager Adam Mitchell.

Bob Musacchia lives in Holly Springs and said he has to allow extra time for congestion when he drives through Fuquay-Varina, especially along Main Street near Judd Parkway.

“It takes a while to get through (there),” he said. “I think there's going to have to be a bypass or something to get around, because everyone's congesting in that area.”

Before any changes can be made, the town has to get approval from the DOT and money to pay for the improvements. The town is spending $1.3 million on its own to get the project started. It's also looking at improvements to the intersection of Main at Sunset Lake Road.

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  • Jason Conaway Jan 19, 2015
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    To many yankees. I miss the old fuquay. Small town.

  • tar97heel Jan 19, 2015

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    These days, all "improvements" are band-aid fixes that are 90% obsolete by the time they are finally completed. Hell, the state that used to be "first in highways" is spending tens of millions to "improve" a major interstate artery - the fortify project, which aims to make the road as good as it was in 1983!!

  • JennyB Jan 19, 2015

    I looked at that area when we bought a house, but honestly...the traffic was the reason we didn't go that way. It grew too big too fast. Lovely area, maybe when the traffic gets figured out, we'll consider again.

  • kawbkr Jan 19, 2015

    Sure everyone would like to see inprovements right now, he is right, it takes time. The problem is, the town should have started this not now but at least 10 years ago! They have no insight, everybody but the town has seen this coming a long time! They put in judd pkwy that is supposed to be a bypass of sorts around town, but then saddle it with slow speed limits and stop lights, then dump it out at the very intersection that is the most congested in town. Brilliant!!!