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City plan to ease traffic around Crabtree Valley Mall gathers dust

Posted February 17, 2009
Updated February 18, 2009

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— For years, Raleigh city leaders have talked about ways to relieve traffic around Crabtree Valley Mall. A $30 million street extension has been on the drawing board as a fix for the congestion, but not everyone is in favor of it.

The proposal is to extend Crabtree Valley Avenue from Creedmoor Road to Glenwood Avenue. While the proposed roadway is only a third of a mile, there are a lot of issues to address.

Before moving forward, city leaders would have to consider several issues, such as BB&T's lease on property in the path of the extension.

Crossing Crabtree Creek would be another obstacle.

"It has been a road that has been on the map forever,” Mayor Charles Meeker said. "It is one of those things you probably wouldn't do even if you had the extra money.”

City leaders have pulled the project from their comprehensive plan, but are reviewing the possibility of conducting a traffic study on the area.

"We really need to have that study to make the best judgment,” Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane said.

McFarlane said it is important to weigh the city's options, while Meeker said it is time to put the idea to rest.

"Realistically, I do not think it is going to happen," Meeker said.

The traffic study could cost the city around $250,000.

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  • james27613 Feb 18, 2009

    I object to the city spending $ 250K on a traffic study.

    Another 'consultant' firm to be hired on another waste project ?

    Let DOT do the study, we have people who can do it cheaper.

  • Transient Entity Feb 18, 2009

    Two things. 1) why is it all the city's responsibility? The management of the mall should be stepping up to help with the resolve the problem. 2) what is the big deal with the "going to the mall" any way? What is the big appeal with big building full of stores?

  • HadEnough Feb 18, 2009

    I have always said the problem with traffic in this city is not the number of cars or the size of the roads. The problem is the way this city over controls traffic. I live in that area and have sat waiting for up to 3 minutes to turn onto Leadmine while no traffic was coming from either direction on Glenwood. Then as soon as traffic starts coming, the light stops the traffic dead.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 18, 2009

    If Crabtree Valley Mall was inside the Beltline, Meeker would approve the road in a heartbeat.

  • Garnerwolf1 Feb 18, 2009

    Don't go to Crabtree. Problem solved.

  • tomac108 Feb 18, 2009

    perhaps it is time for the Crabtree Mgmt group to come forward and bring some money to the table to fix their problem. Why is it the City of Raleigh's responsibility? Who makes the real bucks here?

  • veyor Feb 18, 2009

    If it involves infrastructure, the city council is against it. But now art and greenways - that is priority # 1.

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Feb 18, 2009

    re: On Saturday the exit ramp off the beltline to Glenwood Ave was backed up for miles all day long

    That's because it was Valentine's Day.
    South Point had the same issues.

  • are you kidding me Feb 18, 2009

    People, this is a trial balloon! Is this what we consider shovel ready and needed for the long term? I am not sure?

  • scarletindurham Feb 18, 2009

    I always bring a good novel if I plan to go to Crabtree or need pass through that intersection on Glenwood for whatever reason... ;)

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