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New Morrisville shopping center brings traffic concerns

Posted October 4, 2011

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— A new shopping center opened in Morrisville this week, driving residents to voice concerns about the traffic it will bring.

The Target store at the 100-acre Park West Village cut its ribbon Tuesday evening, bringing 205 jobs with it. More stores set to open this fall are also hiring, but for many people who take Chapel Hill Road or Cary Parkway on their commutes, new jobs don't outweigh the burden of new traffic.

Connie Robison of Cary said the new traffic lights installed to control traffic in and out of Park West Village will add time to her morning drive.

"Once the shopping center opens, I expect (traffic) to be much worse," Robison said. "I'm going to have to find another way to work."

David Allen Parris agreed. 

Target opens in Morrisville New Target brings jobs, traffic to Morrisville

"You have a community center, two apartment complexes right here and now this," he said. "It's going to be pretty bad."

Sarah Babineau, however, cruised the aisles of the new Target Tuesday and said she's glad to have a place to shop close to home.

"(Target is) always so far away at Crossroads, so now it's on this side of town," she said. "It's a really good place to be." 


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  • katieyarrow Oct 5, 2011

    If they opened the exit for 540 back up at the end of Davis Drive most of Morrisville's traffic problems would be solved... or at least, greatly improved.

  • nctrooper27560 Oct 5, 2011

    It was a discussion on the board about Cary taking over Morrisville.. If you will look back you will see the comments on Cary taking over morrisville sir… Thanks

  • Vietnam Vet Oct 5, 2011

    "Vietnam vet it shows that Cary will be taking morrisville over..."

    NC Trooper...whether or not that ever happens I'd still like to know how you gleaned all that from an article about a shopping center (Morrisville) and possible increase in traffic.

  • nighttrain2010 Oct 5, 2011

    >>it shows that Cary will be taking morrisville over...nctrooper27560

    As was always the case. Cary is even expanding into Chatham County eventually. They've taken over Green Level and if they could would swallow up Apex I imagine.

  • taylor3297 Oct 5, 2011

    kikinc: I try to keep informed since I really enjoy living in Morrisville.

  • kikinc Oct 5, 2011

    taylor-Thank you for the voice of reason. I remember that explanation on the pamphlets delivered to all Morrisville residents in 2005.

  • taylor3297 Oct 5, 2011

    The railroad does own the right of way on both side of the track and across 54. Go to the town hall in Morrisville, they will be glad to show you the map.

    Morrisville was providing part of the water to Cary and Cary was providing water to Morrisville, so instead of paying each other, they combined the water works. The town council voted on the merger. http://www.ci.morrisville.nc.us/archives/36/20051018%20M.pdf

  • nctrooper27560 Oct 5, 2011

    Vietnam vet it shows that Cary will be taking morrisville over...

  • kikinc Oct 5, 2011

    SSGNCNG-Actually, that intersection is being discussed right now, and yes, it is up to the railroad. My mom works for the FRA, and they have been working on a project for that intersection for quite awhile. What's holding it up is that the railroad owns that track, and in order to make any improvements to the crossing, which would be a definite, the railroad has to sign off on it. They're trying to figure out the best grading on the crossing in order to prevent the accidents from silly people sitting on the tracks.

  • Vietnam Vet Oct 5, 2011

    I've got to ask...what does water have to do with an article about a shopping center and traffic...