Rolesville Bypass poses dangers for drivers following GPS
Posted April 21, 2016
Rolesville, N.C. — A 6-mile stretch of highway was built in Rolesville to help alleviate congestion on U.S. Highway 401 and shorten commute times, but many people who frequent the road say one intersection is particularly dangerous.
Michelle Gay can see the traffic on the bypass from her front yard. She said drivers in her area waited a long time for a faster way to travel through northern Wake County.
"However, the joke now is that it is not the Rolesville Bypass, it's the Rolesville beltline," she said.
Gay said heavy traffic and speeding are problems on the new roadway, but the major issue is safety at U.S. 401 and Louisbury Road.
Drivers heading north on U.S. 401 toward Rolesville can run into problems because not all GPS systems have been updated with the new bypass. Some systems will take a driver on the old part of Main Street, which no longer exists. If a driver follows those directions, they will end up in oncoming traffic.
"I've just seen too many vehicles. They turn in my driveway, they turn around in my neighbor's driveway," Gay said. "They are on the wrong side of the road, driving into oncoming vehicles."
Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said he is worried, too.
"We have had some signs run over and cars damaged, but no head-on (collisions). We have been lucky," he said.
Eagles said he has asked the state for help.
Department of Transportation engineer Joey Hopkins said changes, including new arrows and bigger signs, are on their way.
"My fear is that, if something is not done about it, someone is going to be hurt," Gay said.
At last check, Google Maps had the updated route and traffic pattern on its app, but Apple Maps has not been updated.