Residents Frustrated By Raleigh Road Project
Posted August 17, 2001
RALEIGH — Widening New Hope Road, from Buffaloe Road to Willow Oak Road, is a long and hot job -- so long that some people who live in the construction zone are getting hot under the collar.
"I'd be willing to get them an umbrella or something if they'll move just a little bit faster so it won't be so inconvenient, and I'll get out there with a fan and cool them a little bit if necessary." said New Hope Road resident James Dupree
Two miles, two more lanes, and the work has gone on for almost two years.
Tasha Fisher waits for the bus in the construction zone almost everyday. While she is not as upset as some people, she wants the barrels and the bulldozers to move along.
"I hope so, I really really hope so. It'll make things a lot easier a lot, lot easier once they finish. I can't wait!" said Fisher.
The contractor, Rea Construction, says they are behind schedule because of utility work -- moving utilities like electricity, gas, phone, water and sewer to make way for the widened road has pushed the target date for completion from September 1 to Christmas.
"That'd be a nice Christmas present for all of our neighbors out here. We'd be willing to send somebody a thank you card," said Dupree.