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Rolesville waits for bypass construction to begin

Posted November 2, 2009
Updated November 4, 2009

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— Rolesville leaders say the construction of a bypass on U.S. Highway 401, a two-lane road that is the primary artery through the city, will help ease traffic woes.

“It will stop some 20,000 cars a day from coming through it,” Mayor Frank Eagles said.

Eagles said the city is growing fast. In 2008, the population was 2,844, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The number is a significant increase from 907 people in 2000.

With about 4,000 more homes in the planning stages, Eagles said he would like to see the bypass built soon.

“My word is the faster, the better,” Eagles said.

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Construction is set to begin early next year and could take up to four years.

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said it will cost about $45 million to buy up property and build the bypass. Federal money will be used.

“We plan to go to construction pretty soon. We are buying right of way right now,” NCDOT Division Engineer Wally Bowman said.

Kenny Jones’ family property is being paved over to create the bypass. His family has owned the land for 100 years, but even he wants the bypass to be built soon.

“For me to get from my house to Raleigh, it takes me 45 minutes and makes me late with traffic and accidents and stuff. I am all for it,” Jones said.

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  • build540.com Nov 3, 2009

    Please make sure they add a toll! ; )

  • beachluvr Nov 3, 2009

    Did I miss where the bypass will actually be located on 401 (I know, around Rolesville, but where)?

  • Reader X Nov 3, 2009

    Great more taxes and too many people. I moved out to the country life for a reason. Time to move again.

  • offconstantly Nov 3, 2009

    "This is a good idea but we need rapid rail and we need it now. Getting from my girlfriends house to my fiance's house takes about an hour and my wife wonders what takes me so long going to the store. Something has to be done to speed things up."

    its ok, i like spending that extra hour with her. dont bring rail in. its bringing us closer

  • aspenstreet1717 Nov 3, 2009

    More roads are only a temporary solution. In the long run traffic gets worse.Then they build more roads. Fine for a while then they need more roads.

  • manofjustice Nov 3, 2009

    This is a good idea but we need rapid rail and we need it now. Getting from my girlfriends house to my fiance's house takes about an hour and my wife wonders what takes me so long going to the store. Something has to be done to speed things up.

  • BluHevn Nov 3, 2009

    The only bad thing about the sprawl is that all the jobs are still in Raleigh/Durham/RTP. All of the growth in cities like Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Knightdale would not be bad if they also would bring jobs to those towns like they have in the RTP so people living there would not have to commute so far to work. That is why the roads are bad. Instead of bringing 10 grocery stores and every chain restaurant possible there, the local leaders need to work on getting these types of jobs there.

    Oh, and a bypass around Capital Blvd from the Franklin County line to 540 would be great, too.

  • Pineview Style Nov 3, 2009

    This is good news! 401 is a nightmare between Raleigh and Louisburg. Too many slow drivers.

  • offconstantly Nov 3, 2009

    yeah and just like knightdale, more traffic and living areas = more crime and gangs will be slithering there way to a once peacful and good ole country city

  • wildervb Nov 3, 2009

    "Yes? Your point? Raleigh is a growing city. What do you expect? The city could start restricting development to only certain areas like they did up in places in the northeast like Boston, but then you get house prices that are unaffordable for most people. And I thought there was a southern conservative belief against government intruding upon private enterprise?"

    But the government is building the bypass thereby helping some private enterprises (those near the road will benefit) and probably costing other private enterprises money, through our taxes.

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