New turn lane at Crabtree Valley Mall will reduce Glenwood Ave traffic

Posted May 8, 2016
Updated May 13, 2016

A new turn lane will reduce traffic congestion at the mall's main entrance.

— Construction begins Monday on a left turn lane that will improve Glenwood Avenue access to Crabtree Valley Mall, the largest enclosed mall in the Triangle.

The additional lane at the mall's front, main entrance will make a big difference to mall visitor-related traffic on Glenwood, an area known for its traffic congestion.

When completed, the new lane will double the number of cars that are able to turn left from Glenwood Avenue into the mall, near The Cheesecake Factory and Kanki, during each light cycle. Officials say this will significantly reduce the wait time for vehicles attempting to enter the mall's main entrance from the direction of US 1/I 440.

The new dual lane pattern will also extend onto the mall’s blue deck at the main entrance. This lane expansion, when paired with a new down ramp that was constructed last fall, will enable cars traffic to enter the deck from Glenwood Avenue more efficiently. The projects are all part of a major traffic and parking enhancement initiative created by Crabtree Valley Mall in 2015.

Construction will be completed on a median on Glenwood Avenue at night to minimize daytime traffic disruption. The new lane should be completed within six to eight weeks.


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  • James Barefoot May 14, 2016
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    There is a Back entrance, No place to park there now So you gonna turn in twice as many cars, The parking lot will back up twice as fast and then you will have 2 lanes stuck on Glenwood, OK you see where this is going,

  • Trey Waters May 9, 2016
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    @Kyle - it took me a second to understand what you meant, but I love the idea if I understand you correctly. Essentially charge for parking, but if you buy anything your parking is validated and you pay nothing. Awesome idea! It would even incentivize people to ride the bus to/from the mall, so more usage of CAT.

  • Kyle Clarkson May 9, 2016
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    Most other cities with busy traffic around shopping malls have validated parking. The instant Crabtree has validated parking, is the instant this entire mess will be cleaned up.

  • Steve Faulkner May 9, 2016
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    People still go to malls?? Why?

  • Fanny Chmelar May 8, 2016
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    They just need to add signage in entrance, too, that reads "don't f'n stop because you're trapping cars on Glenwood and you have the right of way!!!"

    So many people pull in there and just stop, making fewer cars able to enter the mall and leaving cars trapped in front of oncoming traffic.

    Not sure if this is going to be much help.