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Delayed Road-Widening Project Years Away for Louisburg

Posted April 15, 2008

— It could be at least another seven years before the state Department of Transportation begins widening a 12-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 401 in Louisburg.

Even then, it's no guarantee. The problem, according to the DOT, is that funding is limited.

And with more traffic in northern Wake County, administrators say projects there have to take priority.

Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernell and local business owners say they have heard for more than two decades about the estimated $43 million widening project.

It would expand U.S. 401 from two lanes to four lanes from N.C. Highway 96 to N.C. Highway 56.

"If this town is to survive, it has to happen," said local business owner Phyllis Bulbreath, whose family has run D & J Automotive for more than 40 years.

She sees the traffic on U.S. 401 every day. And every day, she says, she notices a pattern of more vehicles leaving Louisburg, headed south for Raleigh, than coming north.

Many other business owners say they see the same pattern. They believe widening U.S. 401 will help reverse that pattern.

"We really, desperately, need 401 to be widened," Pernell said. "And the earlier they do it, the better."

"The industry comes, and then, the people will come, and we'll naturally grow," he added.


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  • Bob Sidel Apr 18, 2008

    "Since I'm not a DOT employee, I should be more than qualified than them to issue the report!"

    yeah you can issue the report as soon as you complete 3rd grade english class

  • SheriffTruman Apr 16, 2008

    Surely you are joking. Both Wake and Mecklenburg are way behind in spending on roads. Now ther eare lots of roads in certain powerful legislator's home counties that get used little but help speed trips to the beach.

  • scnottin Apr 16, 2008

    Call me cynical, but it sure seems to me that the roads the legislators use/need are the ones that get priority. There's always money for Wake and Mecklenberg counties; the rest of us are just "bedroom" communities for the big boys.

  • build540.com Apr 15, 2008

    Any chance we could toll it?

  • capitalland Apr 15, 2008

    Oh please, if a bypass goes in around Rolesville, how will the Rolesville Police Department ever write their quota of speeding tickets? Check point chickie, yo.

  • SouthernLady05 Apr 15, 2008

    How about wideing 401 through Rolesville. Traffic is horrible in the mornings...

  • Wake1 Apr 15, 2008

    Myabe the DOT should hire a big $ consultant to come up with a report to show why the State can't afford it. Since I'm not a DOT employee, I should be more than qualified than them to issue the report!

  • whatelseisnew Apr 15, 2008

    Hmm ya know, maybe we need to start having fund raisers for these roads. Since the State keeps taking the highway money, perhaps we could have bake sales and such. Gather up spare change and send it on in to the DOT direct.