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Traffic Plan Would Have Raleigh Motorists Driving in Circles

Posted August 15, 2007

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— Big changes are in store for Hillsborough Street near North Carolina State University. The way people travel the road is about to shift.

Plans are in the works to put a roundabout at the intersection of Hillsborough and Morgan Streets. Engineers want to add a roundabout in that area because Morgan Street is slated to become a two-way street.

The $500,000 project is part of a push to make Hillsborough Street a more pedestrian-friendly area. It is scheduled to begin in Spring 2008 and be completed by winter of the same year.

Other roundabouts are planned for Hillsborough Street near the N.C. State Bell Tower and Oberlin Road. The cost to include all roundabouts on Hillsborough Street will run close to $6 million.

City planners also mention that as part of the Hillsborough-Morgan Street plan, they will have to remove an oak tree to the dismay of some people.

The public was invited to view the plans Wednesday at the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, at 222 W. Hargett St., starting at 5 p.m. Engineers were also on hand to answer questions about the project.

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  • whatusay Aug 16, 2007

    Will the city have to pay a fine for cutting the oak tree? Restaurant recently fined $17,000 for prunning their oak trees.

  • rc4nc Aug 16, 2007

    This is a novel idea, maybe we should redesign all our streets and roads to be more pedestrian friendly. This should please the "Global Warming" croud. It won't do much to improve the traffic congestion in the area, but alas why would the road planners/designers think about traffic flow now? It doesn't look like they've bothered themselves with it in the past.

  • IfByWhiskey-a-go-go Aug 16, 2007

    Okay, so now I'm educated. Yield to the traffic circle, but wait what was that about yielding when you exit the circle too? No need to SHOUT at me about how easy it is, they didn't cover this when I took driver's ed on a tractor. It does sound very easy. Now how do we educate everyone else? It doesn't do me much good being right if the guy coming straight through thinks he has the right of way and plows into me in with his Hummer.

    I still think the circle is much too small, but I like the idea in general.

  • Timbo Aug 16, 2007

    Good points RoadGeek and JohnnyM. I about got wacked by some lady on a cell phone blowing through the roundabout over on States campus. She didn't even look.

    There will need to be a huge change in how we drive around here to keep the accident rates down.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 16, 2007

    Okay, so now I'm educated. Yield to the traffic circle, but wait what was that about yielding when you exit the circle too? No need to SHOUT at me about how easy it is, they didn't cover this when I took driver's ed on a tractor. It does sound very easy. Now how do we educate everyone else? It doesn't do me much good being right if the guy coming straight through thinks he has the right of way and plows into me in with his Hummer.

    I still think the circle is much too small, but I like the idea in general.

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Aug 16, 2007

    This is just a move by NCSU to jump Hillsborough Street and expand it's footprint. They are turning this major artery into I two lane street from what I remember. Bad idea.

  • nowon_yuno Aug 16, 2007

    If they do it in Europe it must be cool, right?

  • HadEnough Aug 16, 2007

    The NC way of doing a roundabout will include 16 traffic signals, 4 4way stop signs, and parking meters in the roundabout.

  • kevboom Aug 16, 2007

    Good idea, if for no other reason than to slow down traffic. I've seen many close calls on Hillsborough Street where student drivers and bad student bus drivers plow down the road and through yellow lights at 50-60mph. I'm surprised more students don't get run over on that death trap of a road. Now, can the city do something about all the ugly buildings on Hillsborough Street to the west of the university library? What a disgrace that this is a gateway road to Raleigh and the university, welcoming visitors with rotted buildings, peeling paint, overgrown driveways, and criss-crossing power lines. I don't know who owns this mess, but it's amazing what a $20 gallon of paint and weedeater will do. Hint hint.

  • HangOn Aug 16, 2007

    Bad idea.

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