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Development Rushing Down New 540 to Morrisville

Posted August 13, 2007
Updated August 15, 2007

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— The new section of N.C. Highway 540 in western Wake County has been open barely one month, and already growth is sprouting up around it on land developers have just been waiting to use.

The new section takes drivers from Interstate 40 into Morrisville. Developers bought land around the highway right-of-way years ago, and now they are turning the fields and woods into shopping hubs.

The stores are hardly the only growth. Subdivisions are popping up like row crops that were once the hottest commodity in a farming town. It’s part of a development movement that is using up one acre an hour in Wake County.

“It is straining Morrisville, you know — hopefully we'll be able to keep up,” said Amber Krahwinkel, who lives in a house that dates from a quieter time in town.

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club will anchor Shiloh Crossing, just off the intersection of N.C. Highway 54 and the new N.C. 540.

“Shiloh Crossing is the largest retail development in the history of the town,” Planning Director Ben Hitchings said.

Also on the way, also because of 540, is Park West Village, a mix of retail, office, and residential development.

“(N.C.) 540 provides great access for the community, both folks coming in to do business and people who live here trying to get to points elsewhere. These retailers know the advantages of being located right near the interchanges,” Hitchings said.


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  • Greyhound_Girl Aug 14, 2007

    Found it...

    The story posted: May. 15, 2007

    Debate Over I-540 Tolls Rages Before Apex Council Toll Roads

    The toll would be 10 cents per mile, about $2 for whole stretch. It will ultimately be all electronic, something like the EZ Pass system used in other states to let drivers speed through toll stations while a device in the car connects with the booth electronically and charges the driver's account.

  • Greyhound_Girl Aug 14, 2007

    jahausa, I believe that at one time on the news I had heard they were considering charging $2 per vehicle.

  • sepc17 Aug 14, 2007

    The new 540 junction is only adding to the mess in Morrisville. As a Morrisville resident for the past 4 years, I've seen the traffic and congestion only worsen. The Town government is incompetent. Purely a rubber stamp board. They will approve any and all construction projects except road improvements. Morrisville does not have the infrastructure to support the projects being approved. It's a shame the Town gov't won't wake up to that before the Town is destroyed.

  • Beachnut Aug 14, 2007

    Isn't it great that the state of NC invested YOUR money so that developers can prosper and YOU get left with the mess? Eventually the area of Morrisville near the new 540 interchanges will be so blighted and congested that it will be uninhabitable by all but the working drones who've already given up on the notion of "quality of life". By then the developers, now suitably enriched, will be off to find another town government eager to cash in on their vacant land.

  • shine Aug 14, 2007

    Raleigh needs to realize.... sub developments and shopping malls need two things - water and electricity - things that don't seem to be in abundance now and the more you build the more is required. Development is great ! Why not try and develop the some of the existing places that are vacant.

    There is nothing wrong with leaving a bit of country side to the urban world. Everyone is after the "fast" dollar.

  • wstarhawks Aug 14, 2007

    Waiting to see what will happen to 540 once it is a toll road and people don't use it. Will it magically become "I" 540 again?

  • TheAdmiral Aug 14, 2007

    They put that toll road in there and just imagine how much money people will not have to spend in those stores.

    There are too many malls already - Cary has them and they sit empty.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot Aug 14, 2007

    I was going to write something but Nancy has nailed it.

  • NCfriend Aug 14, 2007

    I'm not a native of this area -though I have spent equal parts of my life in the south and in the north. There are reasons this area is so attractive - and the natives are the ones to be thanked. It is frankly embarrassing to have people come in from an overpopulated and crime ridden area they have polluted, then bash the natives in the more desirable area. I think people coming in from other areas need to learn some manners and some appreciation of this area and it people/history- lest this area become similarly compromised. Remember- wherever you go, there you are. It takes more than a change of location to change your life.

  • Bob Sidel Aug 14, 2007

    hey if they keep developing the area and yankees keep invading, is there any chance the natives might leave. Just cause mammy and pappy lived the slow life doesnt mean you have to, get with the times.