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Public feedback sought on Crabtree Valley traffic proposals

Posted March 1, 2010
Updated March 2, 2010

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— The City of Raleigh held a public open house Monday to discuss ways to unclog roads near Crabtree Valley Mall.

Congested streets along the Glenwood Avenue corridor have long been a problem, and traffic is expected to grow by as much as 70 percent by 2035.

A long-range transportation and land-use planning study is under way. Consultants presented preliminary recommendations for transportation improvements during the open house.

Some ideas being considered are routing more traffic to under-used Crabtree Valley Avenue behind the mall and changing ramps along Interstate 440.

Norman Watson, who has lived in Crabtree Valley since 1959, is looking closely at the proposals. He said he wants to make sure solutions are livable for area residents.

"Getting out of my subdivision, I don't know how you get out the way these roads are running," he said of the traffic congestion.

Jessica Symm is also among the Crabtree Valley residents who want something done soon to ease traffic.

"It is just ridiculous,” Symm said. “I don't know if more lanes are possible, but that would definitely help. Maybe more entrances to the mall."

There are no estimates on potential costs yet. Raleigh City Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane said budgets are tight for implementing recommendations, but traffic needs to be addressed.

"There is always the cost of not doing anything,” she added.

Consultants are currently surveying residents about traffic in the area.

A traffic study draft report is expected to be present to the City Council in April. Public hearings will also be scheduled to discuss the recommendations.


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  • DrJ Mar 2, 2010

    I completed the online survey. I salute them for doing it. Traffic planners aren't the only people that can generate good ideas.

    My crazy idea is to eliminate the Exxon intersection. That's where most of the traffic woes begin and end. Of course, that would leave a few details, like what do you do with the traffic coming off of Lead Mine? Do you bridge over to Blue Ridge, and then....

    Ideally, you'd separate the thru traffic from the traffic going into the mall. Maybe run a road off Glenwood that runs around the back of Crabtree and back to Glenwood at the other end? Crabtree Ave is lightly traveled because it simply isn't very convenient. And coming to the mall from the back simply isn't an option for the vast majority of people.

  • skinnyCat Mar 2, 2010

    The folks sitting in traffic must have decided it is worth it. Otherwise they would have come in the back way.

  • archmaker Mar 2, 2010

    the city of raliegh determined they don't care a bit about crabtree traffic when they approved the city's tallest building to be built right next to the mall.

    if it weren't for the recession preventing the building from being built, that traffic would be much worse.

  • Pseudonym Mar 2, 2010

    More public transit and educating people about the back roads (Crabtree Valley Ave, Blue Ridge Rd, Homewood Banks Dr.)

  • rc4nc Mar 2, 2010

    Why can't we make it more pedestrian friendly? That's the approach the took on Hillsborough St. A few traffic circles should work wonders in that area too. Oh! I forgot about the autos that will bring those pedestrians in.

  • tpbwetland Mar 2, 2010

    'Consultants are currently surveying residents about the traffic in the area.' That will jack the price up for the entire project after needless consultant overhead charges are incorporated into the fix. Tax dollars at work!!