New turn lane will improve traffic near Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall
Posted May 13
Raleigh, N.C. — Construction began 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 main entrance will make a big difference to mall visitor-related traffic on Glenwood Avenue, an area known for its traffic congestion.
"That's probably the worst spot to be, especially around Christmas time, or any holiday," said Lacey Wells, who works at Crabtree Valley Mall. "Everybody is trying to get to the mall, and that is the main entrance."
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 U.S. 1/I 440.
"That will double the capacity of the cars we are able to bring in on each light," said Brian Ashbill, marketing director for Crabtree Valley Mall.
Once drivers are on the deck, there will be a new ramp designed to keep traffic flowing toward the parking decks. Ashbill said the new design will help to prevent bottlenecks.
"Particularly in high peak times. Glenwood is going to be congested, but there are numerous other ways to come onto the mall property," he said.
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.
"It's not like we are getting any smaller. We need to accommodate for all of the people," Ashbill said.