Fuquay-Varina's population, traffic headaches growing
Posted January 19, 2015
Updated March 13
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — 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.