Traffic

Rolesville bypass set to be complete in July

Posted August 26, 2013

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— Despite what seems to be little headway on a U.S. Highway 401 bypass project in Rolesville, the North Carolina Department of Transportation says construction is still on track to be completed by next July.

A poster child for growth in Wake County, the town quadrupled its population between 2000 and 2010. The boom also meant drivers who commute along U.S. Highway 401, or Main Street, have to deal with congestion almost every day.

Work began on the $25 million, 6-mile long, bypass around Rolesville's south side two years ago to help ease traffic troubles, but recently, drivers like Lequilla Horton say they are concerned about how much longer they might have to sit in traffic.

"It's taking a very long time," Horton said Monday. "It's looking like there's no progress at all."

DOT engineer David Moore said the project has hit a few road bumps, including more rock than expected that needs to be blasted, but that progress is being made.

A lot of the work is being done in the woods, he said, but drivers should expect to see more construction soon – and when they do, they should be prepared for more traffic delays.

"Probably between now and the end of the year, we'll start doing tie-ins at the Rolesville Road area and the Jonesville Road area," he said.

That's still good news for drivers like Horton.

"It needs to hurry up and get finished, so traffic can go smoother and I can get where I need to go."

6 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • livinitgolden Aug 28, 2013

    Until you have had to wait 10 min to get out of your sub-division to get onto 401 because of all this congestion save it....Rolesville is a great town and call it Green Acres if you like, but seems like more people are trying to get there and that is why we have this issue.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Aug 27, 2013

    Okay, done. Like my lifestyle on my acreage. My priority is not living downtown. Anything else?
    Save It

    Yes, don't cry if you have to sit in traffic to get anywhere or if someone builds a WalMart next to your acreage. And don't complain about school busing or the fact that thie are no 'neighborhood' schools near your acreage. Other than that, enjoy Green Acres!

  • Save It Aug 27, 2013

    "Everyone commuting across the county every day needs to reevaluate their lifestyle and priorities".

    Okay, done. Like my lifestyle on my acreage. My priority is not living downtown. Anything else?

  • drjones74 Aug 27, 2013

    Boohoo. I walk 10 minutes to work every day. Everyone commuting across the county every day needs to reevaluate their lifestyle and priorities.

  • ConservativeVoter Aug 27, 2013

    This is discrimination.

    They build the Rolesville bypass as a non-toll road but 540 in Southern Wake County was built as a toll road.

  • Obamacare saves lives Aug 27, 2013

    Hurry up. Lequilla's got places to go.