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  • tendonut Jan 29, 6:52 p.m.

    ConservativeVoter, it looks like widening that terrible section of 440 is actually in the works.

    http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/search/details.html#id=2438

    It takes way longer because they have to secure the right-of-way there.

  • tendonut Jan 29, 6:37 p.m.

    tayled, The tolled portion of NC-540 would not let anyone avoid the future congestion. It goes in a completely different direction. If they finished the final quarter/third of the 540 loop, then you might be able to say that. But to get to tolled 540 from the east, you have to pass through the construction first. The construction ends at US-1, which is the same road where the first major tolled 540 intersection is.

    As for everyone complaining about traffic affecting businesses...that's just going to happen. Any road construction on any road in the city will have a negative impact on the local businesses on it. The alternative is let the road fall apart. At some point, it HAS to be done and there WILL be negative consequences. Until an indestructible road material is discovered, it will just be a fact of life.

  • tayled Jan 29, 5:26 p.m.

    Tayled- how can it be a conspiracy to get folks from JoCo to WakeMed?? The toll road is in western & southwestern Wake Co.!! JoCo Ambulances would have to go 25 miles out of the way to get to the entrance to the toll rd.

    They need to consider taking Smithfield Rd to US-64 by pass in Knightdale or Old Garner Rd to Rock Quary Rd to Sunnybrook Rd. Even an ambulance can make better time on a 2 lane road than one which is at a dead stop!!

    Use a map-duh!!

    Not those people oin Johnston County or Wake Med, but there are plenty of other people who depend on this road. There are businesses that depend on getting their customers to their businesses via this road. In fact, I have a friend who works in Cary and they are actively seeking another place to work because many of their workers will be impacted.

  • mmtlash Jan 29, 2:14 p.m.

    Durham survived their I-85 project, Raleigh will be fine...

  • baldchip Jan 29, 1:53 p.m.

    Tayled- how can it be a conspiracy to get folks from JoCo to WakeMed?? The toll road is in western & southwestern Wake Co.!!

    JoCo Ambulances would have to go 25 miles out of the way to get to the entrance to the toll rd.

    They need to consider taking Smithfield Rd to US-64 by pass in Knightdale or Old Garner Rd to Rock Quary Rd to Sunnybrook Rd.

    Even an ambulance can make better time on a 2 lane road than one which is at a dead stop!!

    Use a map-duh!!

  • tayled Jan 29, 12:38 p.m.

    tayled, I drive that highway every day and the toll road is not an alternative. Now if it was complete to I-40 THEN it would be an alternative.

    One of my brothers is a retied DOT engineer and knows quite a bit about this road. It seems there is something in the gravel base of the road that is actually dissolving the underlying pavement. If they don't do this the road will just disintegrate out from under us as it's foundation disappears.

    That may be the case, but I have talked with some small business owners who will be affected by this project who fear that their business will decrease to the point during that time that they will be forced to either shut their doors or move, neither option being good. some of these people do not have the option of their employees working from home either.

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 29, 11:32 a.m.

    They should widen I-440 from US-1/I-40 to Wade Avenue before they start renovating other highways and not adding any lanes in the process.

  • Scubagirl Jan 29, 10:59 a.m.

    There were roads BEFORE I40 & 440, they'll just have to use them and sometimes they would be quicker AND safer anyway.

  • Z Man Jan 29, 10:59 a.m.

    So glad I don't have to use use it (unless I take in a Mudcats game). But I did go through the pain of the I40 expansion west of US 1. Now it's your turn!

  • lmarks Jan 29, 10:20 a.m.

    Well, if the whiners in Garner hadn't made such a fuss, I-540 would be complete to 40 East, and all the through traffic could take (free) 540 around town.

  • jeffdewitt Jan 29, 10:15 a.m.

    tayled, I drive that highway every day and the toll road is not an alternative. Now if it was complete to I-40 THEN it would be an alternative.

    One of my brothers is a retied DOT engineer and knows quite a bit about this road. It seems there is something in the gravel base of the road that is actually dissolving the underlying pavement. If they don't do this the road will just disintegrate out from under us as it's foundation disappears.

  • tayled Jan 29, 9:55 a.m.

    This whole project should be scrapped. I believe this to be a conspiracy to force people to take the toll road. Citizens should demand to see the science and logic behind this project. Personally, I can think of many other roads in this area in more need of attention than this one. Just another example of our government forcing this down our throats with the idea of forcing us to pay more money in the form of a toll.

  • Disabled Vet Jan 29, 8:05 a.m.

    They will just have go back to taking the same routes that we did before I-40/440. How simple can that be?

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