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I-540 Work Snarls Holiday Shoppers

Posted December 16, 2006

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— State transportation officials, taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather to speed work on a new section of Interstate 540, unintentionally put coal in the stockings of some holiday shoppers Saturday.

Traffic backed up as far as two miles from the Capital Boulevard exit after workers closed the exit to Capital Boulevard northbound and limited the southbound exit to one lane. The southbound exit takes shoppers toward several retail outlets, including Triangle Towne Center.

The workers were paving the part of I-540 that will extend from U.S. 1 in North Raleigh eastward to the new U.S. 64/264 Bypass in Knightdale.

Paving is difficult in cold weather, and state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Lisa Cowley said officials decided late Friday to mobilize paving crews because of the unusually warm weather that is predicted to last through Tuesday.

"During this time of year, it’s very unusual for us to get a window of opportunity to pave as we have over this past week, and into this weekend," said Reese Briley, NCDOT resident engineer for the project.
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  • arsiaytoo Dec 21, 2006

    I live near knightdale and am glad the DOT had a break in the weather to do some paving. I can't wait until I can take 540 to the mall just like the folks in Durham and western Wake do. Did any of you complainers stuck in traffic ever watch or read the news? It was a nice day out and EVERYBODY who didn't plan far enough ahead to finish shopping by then was going to the mall. By the way, Christmas will be on the 25th of December next year too. You might want mark your calenders. The roads will be crowded again. Esspecially on the weekends.

  • jlmkuw Dec 20, 2006

    GOOD JOB DOT, another case of government incompetance

  • joannehilmar Dec 19, 2006

    When is it going to open?

  • jesus Dec 19, 2006

    Signs warning earlier would have been nice. I was with my daughter and we enjoyed spending time together. We had just visited my friend in the hospital with luekemia. I'll bet he would have loved to have been stuck in traffic with us and not in the hospital. Being stuck in traffic is not so bad. It's all in how you look at things -

  • jesus Dec 19, 2006

    Signs warning earlier would have been nice. I was with my daughter and we enjoyed spending time together. We had just visited my friend in the hospital with luekemia. I'll bet he would have loved to have been stuck in traffic with us and not in the hospital. Being stuck in traffic is not so bad. It's all in how you look at things -

  • jesus Dec 19, 2006

    Signs warning earlier would have been nice. I was with my daughter and we enjoyed spending time together. We had just visited my friend in the hospital with luekemia. I'll bet he would have loved to have been stuck in traffic with us and not in the hospital. Being stuck in traffic is not so bad. It's all in how you look at things -

  • jesus Dec 19, 2006

    Signs warning earlier would have been nice. I was with my daughter and we enjoyed spending time together. We had just visited my friend in the hospital with luekemia. I'll bet he would have loved to have been stuck in traffic with us and not in the hospital. Being stuck in traffic is not so bad. It's all in how you look at things -

  • miscmc Dec 19, 2006

    Stop complaining?? Every taxpayer has the right to complain - or compliment - the various agencies that they directly pay for with their tax dollars. The DOT will never improve if people don't speak up, and continue to do so until the agency does an internal overhaul and get some professionals in there who can bring North Carolina's DOT up the appropriate level for being the 11th largest state in the country. It's a matter of making the RIGHT DECISIONS, given the budget and manpower within the DOT.

  • angelajohnson Dec 18, 2006

    I agree with Laura in regards that the NCDOT should have posted signs well in advance to let folks know of the paving, but I also agree with the NCDOT that they pave when they have great weather. If people would pay attention and think ahead they would realize that the NCDOT is working for them to better,not only the roads they travel, but to give us a better routing access to reach their destination without so many headaches. So stop complaining folks. How did you fare in the parking lots at the malls, huh????

  • peterfilardo Dec 17, 2006

    I was one of the people taking the last minute, scarily illegal u-turn across the 540 median. thank god i did, too. 3 hours!

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