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Thoroughfare opens ahead of schedule in Garner

Posted December 13, 2011

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation opened the Timber Drive Extension in Garner to traffic on Tuesday afternoon – nearly 10 months ahead of schedule.

The $9.4 million divided four-lane highway connects N.C. Highway 50 and White Oak Road. State and local officials said it has been a top transportation priority for Garner and is expected to improve traffic flow into Garner and south Raleigh from Johnston County.

"This project is essential to the mobility of this community, which is growing rapidly and needs new infrastructure to keep up with increasing traffic demand," state Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a statement.

A bridge over Mahler's Creek on Timber Drive Extension was named for the late Don Rohrbaugh, who served five terms as Garner mayor and was instrumental in the construction of both Timber Drive and its extension.

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  • sassycat8 Dec 14, 2011

    Drove it last night and LOVE IT!! Can't wait to make use of it all the time.

  • sammyg Dec 14, 2011

    Drove it last night and it is AWESOME!

  • eric416 Dec 13, 2011

    yeah! im so happy garner is moving forward with plans to improve its town and community outside the city of raleigh making it": an great place to be and live in: and well done garner & dot i will also like to see two things else done for the town, synchonize the stop light to be better with changing with alot of traffic and congestive times in garner,, and secondly,but as citizen in garner would like to see something in the near future done near the old matress mistake store once sat in an deserted land near the jones sausage rd that intersects with white oak crossing wish an major 24 acess food store chain can open up there there an sheets gas store or something that more accessible for an good gas store chain, we need more in garner, so we can be the next cary, briar creek area or morrisville globalization area.

  • luv2surffish2 Dec 13, 2011

    starbucks???? bookstore???? hey...its Garner not cary

  • flashsparks Dec 13, 2011

    " i was sure they would take out the very unhealthy fast food joit and putin a Starbucks"

    Starbucks is healthy? It says good, overpriced coffee and high calorie and high fat snacks. Everything in Garner is a franchise restaurant and they all serve mass produced, microwaved, high caloric junk.

    Garner needs a couple of really good restaurants that are locally owned and a Barnes and Noble.

  • rednek Dec 13, 2011

    Is it open?

    I went by there this afternoon (about 3PM and it was NOT open at that time.

  • khb Dec 13, 2011

    Clayton has a Starbucks!!

  • glo Dec 13, 2011

    When they remodeled the Target here, i was sure they would take out the very unhealthy fast food joit and putin a Starbucks, but they remodeled the old palce soit looked the same as before and put back in the same fast food. We also have a Kroger in Garner but no Starbucks in it. BUT SG0703 is right, Aversboro Coffee is great and I go there often.

  • Pseudonym Dec 13, 2011

    Wow! Opening ahead of schedule without a toll. How about that!

  • Parah Salin Dec 13, 2011

    Garner does not have right demographics for a Starbucks.

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