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Road changes to ease traffic in fast-growing Holly Springs

Posted October 8, 2014

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— Shaina Felton is happy to call Holly Springs home.

“We love it. We absolutely love it,” she said. “We don't want to leave the area.”

Holly Springs is a fast-growing town with some fast-growing traffic headaches. Felton doesn't have to use the N.C. Highway 55 Bypass during the evening rush, but her friends tell her stories.

“I've heard it can be a little hairy, especially when you're trying to turn onto Avent Ferry (Road),” she said.

Traffic backs up about a mile heading into Holly Springs from Apex. But help is on the way.

A new intersection design should ease the problems.

Eastbound bypass traffic will have a free-flowing right turn onto Avent Ferry Road, which leads to many neighborhoods.

“It’ll raise the efficiency of the signals from a level of service E to a B, which is kind of like a report card,” said Kendra Parrish, senior engineer with the Town of Holly Springs. “An E is bad. A B is acceptable.”

To keep traffic flowing, drivers won't be able to make left turns from the bypass onto Avent Ferry Road. Crews will install a superstreet intersection, similar to others along the bypass.

Drivers will make a U-turn past the intersection, then turn right onto Avent Ferry.

Felton has mixed feelings about more superstreets.

“I don't love that, but if it alleviates the traffic a little better, then by all means,” she said.

Another road project in the works for early next year will extend Main Street to Piney Grove-Wilbon Road. It should help divert about a third of the traffic from Avent Ferry to ease congestion.

Town officials say having to manage all the growth is a good problem to have.

“Southern Wake County is where it's at - or at least where it's coming,” Parrish said. “So, we're trying to catch up and do the best that we can.”

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  • Apex Voice Oct 9, 2014
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    Going through a town should always take longer than taking a by-pass, which is supposed to go around a town or city in a much more expedite manner. Time taken to go through Apex and time spent on the by-pass is apples and oranges.

  • Apex Voice Oct 9, 2014
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    The 'Super Street' design has caused all the problems on Highway 55 that exist today. 55 was fine until the day they finalized the 'Super Street' with all the additional stop lights and turnarounds. Now, double-downing on this already bad design cannot be good. I have driven through the area for over 5-years, twice daily, and witnessed the instant change once the 'Super Street' was complete.

  • T-Man Oct 9, 2014

    I admit that I don't use the 'superstreet' very often, but I have been on it a few times around 5:15-5:30 recently. It took far longer to get through Apex on 55 than it did to go down the 55 bypass.

  • Chelle Ritchey Oct 9, 2014
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    Why not extend Main Street to Piney Grove-Wilbon Road first? If that would reduce traffic by a third.

  • Megan Alto Oct 9, 2014
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    I cannot believe they are creating another superstreet, which is anything but! It is a nightmare trying to go to Target. I personally think all these u turns cause more accidents, leaving the Avent Ferry area for a coffee is a pain. I would rather drive all the way to Fuquay for one. Instead of putting in more super streets, how about widening Avent Ferry around the 3 schools and one preschool and giving a bike lane to protect the bikers!

  • The_Analyst Oct 9, 2014

    If I lived that close to the Nuke plant ( you know, the one with the quarter inch crack in the containment dome for 13 months before Duke decided to tell anyone), I would want a limited access road due east to Lake Wheeler road, and make that limited access right up to 40/64.

  • beaupeep Oct 9, 2014

    Need a bypass for the bypass.

    New HS town slogan:
    "Bypass, it's the new downtown".

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 9, 2014

    "The SuperStreet is HORRENDOUS!" - Jimm57


    You got that right! The design stops main road traffic TWICE to allow side street traffic entry. Once for those lucky souls turning right. And once for those unlucky souls turning left (who also have to be stopped TWICE ... once for the right turn, and once for the u-turn). What a nightmare. Traffic that use to flow is now backed up, and stop and go. I'm assuming the car brake, and gas station industry is booming in the area.

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 9, 2014

    I'm still not convinced it's not the "superstreet" design causing problems. When I travel through this area I have to stop twice as many times because of all the extra lights of the superstreet design. That means slower traffic, and more backed up traffic.

  • Peter Villadsen Oct 9, 2014
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    Is this puff piece supposed to be called journalism? How about finding someone to interview who actually suffers through that traffic on a daily basis. How about reporting the town had to issue bonds to help pay for that realignment, even as a new development on Avent Ferry was approved and another currently being built right at that intersection. How about reporting the town is considering a ~350 home development right in between three schools that are all capped and on a road that sees its fair share of congestion during the day. I'm guessing the town needs building permit money to help pay the new debt it issued to complete the new athletic complex that Wake County was smart enough not to throw money at.

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