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  • chrisnrali Nov 15, 9:27 a.m.

    Ilovedowntownraleigh, stop it with the whiny unequal liberal childishness. If there were a bridge put up in southern Raleigh, the planners, you and I all know what would happen. It would get tagged DAILY, people who don't work would cross it to get their smokes and groceries with ebt cards we pay for and most certainly be a drug trafficking highway, I've had people buy NON food stuff with them all the time. If south raleigh wants more money and services they need to stop throwing trash everywhere, they possess trash cans just like north Raleigh. I've seen lazy good for nothings throw trash on the ground within feet of a trash can that wasn't full yet out of pure entitled laziness. BTW it's named SOUTH Saunders st., They named it SOUTH Saunders st because it was SOUTH of Raleigh not because it's direction. There is NO NORTH Saunders st. Both directions are called SOUTH Saunders st. Consult a map.

  • mattcli Nov 14, 7:58 p.m.

    Unless Google Maps is wrong, neither road is carrying a state highway at that point so this seems to be a local issue rather than a state one.

  • Pepe Silvia Nov 14, 4:34 p.m.

    Save the $$$$...use brains....set the lights up like they do in "smart" cities - RED lights in all directions (NO turns allowed when RED) and crosswalks GREEN at the same time (including diagonal crosswalk)....very successful, efficient and the $$ can be used on something really needed.
    tired2

    great idea!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Nov 14, 4:18 p.m.

    A complicated crossing no doubt - but according to the article, they at least have crosswalks and walk-don't walk signals.

    Over here in south Raleigh, we have 2 miles of 9-lane traffic, on a road called Saunders and Wilmington, and you can be sure that 55 mph is common. What we don't have is a single crosswalk ANYWHERE on Saunders-Wilmington/401 from I-40 south to Garner, Clayton, or Fuquay-Varina. So you can imagine how I feel when I read about skybridges at Crabtree, and pedestrian bridges over Western. I see unequal distribution of funds, and heavily populated areas without even sidewalks or crosswalks, all in a city with a pedestrian-friendly rating of 36 out of 50 large American cities.

  • tired2 Nov 14, 3:47 p.m.

    Save the $$$$...use brains....set the lights up like they do in "smart" cities - RED lights in all directions (NO turns allowed when RED) and crosswalks GREEN at the same time (including diagonal crosswalk)....very successful, efficient and the $$ can be used on something really needed.

  • nomorethanthat Nov 14, 12:12 p.m.

    If this bridge/tunnel is so important for student safety, then have NCSU build and pay for it using the money garnered from its sports program and its boosters after all dodging traffic while crossing Western Blvd is a sport.

  • archmaker Nov 14, 11:04 a.m.

    the problem is that ncsu has sprawled like a town into the suburbs. all of their growth is crossing a major traffic throughfare instead of staying urban at their historic core.

    heck, if basketball actually lives up to its hype this year and ncsu wins something other than bass fishing, i'll bet the students couldn't even find hillsborough street to celebrate.

  • JustAName Nov 14, 9:34 a.m.

    "A tunnel makes sense based on grade, but would be more expensive." - SaveEnergyMan

    Well, if they are going to blow a wad of cash, do it right. At least a concrete tunnel won't rust.

  • I Carry even in Cary Nov 14, 9:13 a.m.

    I hate spending money but this one makes sense to do...tunnels are expensive but not out of the realm of possiblity....but whoever said it would take only a summer is sorely mistaken.

  • dlnorri Nov 14, 9:01 a.m.

    an idea that is 25years behind it's time. A much better use of money (dot) than tourist museams in Podunk....

  • SaveEnergyMan Nov 14, 8:14 a.m.

    I know, let's make Western 2 lanes and install a round-about! /tongue planted firmly in cheek

    Seriously, pedestrians and motorists need an education on when to cross and when to yield. The right turn from AF to Western is the problem. Traffic doesn't yield to pedestrians with the walk signal. But, there are too many people darting across the road, distracted with cell phones, and making poor choices.

    A tunnel makes sense based on grade, but would be more expensive. NCSU needs to pony up the money for this because of the dorm across Western Blvd and 99% of the traffic is campus related.

  • haleibc Nov 13, 7:15 p.m.

    Anyone notice the girl with the umbrella talking on the phone. Maybe she should be watching traffic if it is so dangerous.

  • i walk alone Nov 13, 6:54 p.m.

    thank you kerrlakelover you hit the nail on the head destroy natural beauty for a pedestrian bridge on poole road 2!!!!!!!!!

  • haleibc Nov 13, 4:42 p.m.

    Make it a toll crosswalk. Let them pay like the motorist on the highway going to and from work paying taxes.

  • goode88 Nov 13, 4:21 p.m.

    This is why nothing can get done. Someone always wants something else and nothing is good enough.

  • IPayYouPay Nov 13, 4:19 p.m.

    I'm all for it, and they can put one at Wade Avenue/St. Mary's.

  • bill15 Nov 13, 4:17 p.m.

    They should frame this differently to get more support in these forums. Something like: A bridge would contain pedestrians and yield right-of-way to cars and to to the natural order of might-is-right. Large oil companies will still get preferential tax breaks and the bridge will not improve the environment.

  • ICTrue Nov 13, 3:55 p.m.

    As long as money is no object, what about replacing the traffic light with a helicoptor shuttle service?

  • dwntwnboy Nov 13, 3:31 p.m.

    "A bridge is easier and would cause less disruption to the road traffic during construction"- unless of course you are handicapped. I think it can be done without disrupting the traffic and done as a tunnel. They dig tunnels all the time under things with no problems- this is just a pedestrian tunnel, not one for traffic, so the dig wouldn't be that big. Could be done in the summer when traffic is light. I live near there and the kids darting into traffic at all points on Western can be a bit startling if you aren't ready for it. Dig baby dig! LOL

  • LuvLivingInCary Nov 13, 3:13 p.m.

    i think a nice baby blue one would be a great idea.

  • Grand Union Nov 13, 3:06 p.m.

    "A tunnel would work since the shopping center and dorm on the side of Western across from NCSU is at a lower grade, seems like it would be an easy enough fix- NCSU is an engineering school, let the students study and find a fix, what a wonderful "real world" problem they could learn about as they solve the problem!"

    A bridge is easier and would cause less disruption to the road traffic during construction. Long overdue.....too many kids and too many cars and sooner or later someone is going to get Killed

  • Hans Nov 13, 2:54 p.m.

    “I think a lot of people don't realize they're supposed to yield to the pedestrians,” N.C. State senior Parker Johnson said."

    And I think a lot of pedestrians don't realize that you can't just walk all over the road whenever and wherever you want. Really, people, it's not too hard to cross the street. When the signal tells you to walk, you walk. When it tells you not to walk, you don't walk. As a courtesy to motorists, you could maybe walk at a brisk pace, but that's up to you.

  • bjraper Nov 13, 2:53 p.m.

    This would be a total waste of tax payer money. Inforce the speed limit laws in this aread and the problem won't be as bad. We don't need to be looking at ways to spend money, we need to be looking at ways to save the state money.

  • wenfromwake Nov 13, 2:40 p.m.

    A tunnel would be great because that would also accommodate anyone in a wheelchair as well.

  • Stormy13 Nov 13, 2:30 p.m.

    The speed limit through that area is 45, not 55. Where is the Raleigh Police Dept.? Time to start giving tickets here!!

  • dhamm Nov 13, 2:26 p.m.

    The online project website is wrong in the link. It should be http://www.westernblvd.net/ , no (s) in the http part

  • dwntwnboy Nov 13, 2:09 p.m.

    A tunnel would work since the shopping center and dorm on the side of Western across from NCSU is at a lower grade, seems like it would be an easy enough fix- NCSU is an engineering school, let the students study and find a fix, what a wonderful "real world" problem they could learn about as they solve the problem!

  • tran Nov 13, 2:03 p.m.

    ""I think a lot of people don't realize they're supposed to yield to the pedestrians,""

    While you're crossing Western Blvd?

    Hope it all works out for ya.

  • Local Native Nov 13, 1:55 p.m.

    Speaking of pedestrian bridges...have you seen what is going to be an pedestrian bridge eyesore on US 401 north at the Neuse River!? It's part of the greenway system. What used to be a beautiful view of the river will not be ruined by a nasty pedestrian bridge. Hope those folks enjoy their walks thru nature that has just been forever changed for them.

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