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U.S. 64 Bypass Construction Leads To Unplanned Detours

Posted November 9, 2004

— Road construction can confuse anyone, but the U.S. 64 Bypass project is causing daily headaches for dozens of drivers.

Many Triangle drivers headed for Wilson, Rocky Mount and Greenville are ending up in downtown Wendell.

One driver who was trying to get from Raleigh to Wilson passed through the construction zone and ended up at the Parkway Convenience Store.

"I was just going down the same road I always go on, and I know construction is on the left and right, and all of a sudden I look and I'm in Wendell," driver Stephen Lawrence said. "I didn't really see a good sign to say stay on 64 to Wilson."

There are two signs posted, but lots of drivers are missing them.

The confusion is that the construction now means drivers must exit right for the bypass and left for downtown. It used to be the other way around.

With as many 35 confused drivers a day, the convenience store provides maps and will even highlight them for drivers. The store owner is looking on the bright side.

"We're giving away a lot of directions, but it also helps business," Matt Oleson said.

DOT engineers said their warning signs are larger than most and they are happy with the detour markings. They have received a few complaints, but do not plan any changes.

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