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  • dlnorri Jul 19, 12:13 p.m.

    As a followup to those who do not understand. What this article misses is the 540 cooridior was approved 20 or so years ago. The land is purchased. It is on all the maps. The TPA came up with these new plans to try to maximize revenue, as stated in my other note, the mussels are a smoke screen to raise TPA cover large revenue grabs by the TPA.

  • dlnorri Jul 19, 12:06 p.m.

    The mussels are a scam to eliminate construction of the 540 section between I40 and Knightdale. They want to capture (and toll) all of the I40/US64/I440 traffic. See http://www.ncturnpike.org/pdf/SEWorkshops/Hybrid%201.pdf
    A present from Mr's Easly and Black to the folks in NC....

  • Come On_Seriously Jul 19, 9:58 a.m.

    "How do we really know the mussels are endangered?? All we have is some Liberal/Democrat/Communist/tree-hugger/Obama voteing/enviromental whacko's word for it." Sez me

    From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Dwarf wedgemussel. Alasmidonta heterodon. Federally endangered. http://www.fws.gov/nc-es/es/countyfr.html

    If the Conservative/Republican/Tbag/money-hungry/Palin-Bachman idiocy-loving/conspiracy theorist whacko's tried to understand instead of scream, the majority of us who are moderate (that's still liberal to most conservatives, it seems) could get some work done.

  • BSEE Jul 19, 9:30 a.m.

    Hmmm, maybe Garner just did not like the way it divided the area and could possibly stunt the town. There is always a better way to do things, we just have to be willing and look. Maybe, move the mussels to a new home. Maybe I do not need 540 down at Garner if I have to pay a toll to ride on it. I already pay enough, the money is just wasted. Use our tax dollars efficiently and maybe people would not be in such an uproar. Think about it.

  • tux Jul 19, 9:24 a.m.

    "I suppose building a bridge over the creek is way beyond DOT's level of expertise."

    Runoff from a bridge would drain directly into the creek.

  • Lamont Johnson Jul 18, 7:21 p.m.

    Mussels? Seriously? The Orange route has been the plan for 20+ years and they want to move it to save some mussels in a creek? Wow. What a fascinating world we live in...

  • mmtlash Jul 18, 7:01 p.m.

    thanks to all the suburban sprawl around Garner any route is going to create an uproar

  • Buck Farack Jul 18, 6:33 p.m.

    How do we really know the mussels are endangered?? All we have is some Liberal/Democrat/Communist/tree-hugger/Obama voteing/enviromental whacko's word for it.

  • Buck Farack Jul 18, 6:31 p.m.

    Here's an idea...get rid of the mussels! I hear they're very tasty in a red sauce!

  • Buck Farack Jul 18, 6:30 p.m.

    I suppose building a bridge over the creek is way beyond DOT's level of expertise.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 18, 6:27 p.m.

    "The so-called "orange route, which runs south of the red route, was an option for a while, but an endangered species of mussels was discovered in a creek along the route. Federal law said road planners must offer an alternative that won't hurt the mussels."

    Mussels steamed and then ladeled with a garlic butter sauce or a marinara sauce are quite tasty. Problem solved, use the orange route.

    Now the toll, since we have already more than paid for that nc40 through the extra six cents per gallon applied since 1989, can we have our money back? At least the people that will be hit by the toll can use that money for a while to pay the toll.

  • teachesesci Jul 18, 6:22 p.m.

    The red route would not have "snaked" through Garner. It would have demolished over 1000 houses and divided the town with a major highway. NC 540 does not do that other places. Obviously "Don't" doesn't live in Garner.

  • IBleedRedandWhite Jul 18, 6:21 p.m.

    This is absolutely ridiculous. My parents, who had lived in the same house on the same tract of land for 40 years didn't have any say when the state came and condemned their property and built a bridge and an interchange where their house sat. And I'm sure that the subdivision down the road that was there several years before 540 was even planned didn't want it literally in their backyard but it is.

    I don't understand why Garner was given such preferential treatment when noone else was. Life goes on.

  • Lamont Johnson Jul 18, 6:05 p.m.

    It's amazing how much trouble can be created by a handful of mussels.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 18, 5:55 p.m.

    NC 540 between Holly Springs and Clayton will never be built.

    Between the NIMBY's in Garner and the Tree Huggers over the Mussel, the road will never be built.

    I don't understand the NIMBY's issue in Garner with NC-540. Between Morrisville and Knightdale, I-540 snakes through Raleigh and Knightdale with no negative effects. NC-540 is snaking through Cary and Apex between Morrisville and Holly Springs.

    Seems the people of Garner are too good to have NC-540 snake through Garner.

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