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Rolesville mayor not happy with result of new bypass

Posted July 9, 2015
Updated July 10, 2015

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— The long-awaited Rolesville Bypass is expected to open next week, but Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles is not happy with the result.

The six-mile bypass, which runs from Perry Creek to near Jonesville Road, includes a "superstreet" intersection at East Young Street. Motorists will turn right, drive a few hundred feet, then make a U-turn.

The "superstreet" intersection is equipped with traffic signals facing three directions, but Eagles wants the intersection to be fully signalized.

"It is supposed to be fully signalized - it is what we were told all along," he said.

He showed WRAL a 2014 letter from a state Department of Transportation engineer that said the intersection "WILL be signalized."

Eagles said the missing signal is imperative and that a stop sign is not enough.

"All of the fire trucks, all of the EMS are coming from that way,” he explained. “All of the school busses picking up the high school kids are going to have to go that way.”

He said the stop sign will also stall traffic.

"Each vehicle will have to pull up, stop, pull up stop, pull up, stop," he said.

DOT spokesperson Steve Abbott said the department could consider adding a fourth traffic light.

"When the project was designed several years ago, the traffic counts and all of that kind of stuff didn't justify have a signal there," Abbot said.

Abbot said the signal would not be in place before the bypass opened.

Eagles sent a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory’s office on Tuesday regarding the traffic light. He said he has not received a response.

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  • Sheryl Michael Jul 10, 2015
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    The stop sign is not the problem. The Mayor should be more concerned with the inconvenience the "layout" has caused the citizens who live in this area. The current design will severely impede emergency vehicles that need to go towards the Quarry Road/Zebulon area. The will have to turn right, go down and make a U-turn and come back up to continue to this area which could severely cost precious time for someone experiencing a medical emergency. I watched a fire truck last week which appeared to be making a practice run....they weren't even able to make the u-turn in one swoop. They had to stop, back up and then proceed just to make it through the u-turn. Also, the money it cost to design and build this layout had to be astronomical - an irresponsible use of taxpayer money. Seems installing a stop light at this intersection would have been more cost/use effective and been fair to all who will be using this area for travel. As it stands now those who live in this area and have to use this

  • Charlie Templeton Jul 10, 2015
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    First time I went through this intersection I thought "Yep this is something government would come up with." Really bad intersection. A round about or a basic intersection would have worked better.

  • Brian Hill Jul 9, 2015
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    How about instead of building a ridiculous number of stop lights (20th century), the DOT simply get into the 21st century and build a roundabout instead.