Rolesville businesses worry about impact of bypass

Posted September 12, 2011
Updated September 13, 2011

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— As crews clear trees to begin construction of a U.S. Highway 401 bypass around Rolesville, local business owners are keeping their fingers crossed that the new highway won't steer their customers away.

Construction on the $25 million Rolesville Bypass is expected to be completed by July 2014. Michigan-based Devere Construction will build a 5.8-mile, four-lane highway between Louisbury Road and N.C. Highway 96, wrapping round Rolesville's south side.

Herbert Eddins, who owns the Rolesville Flea Market, said the bypass is good news for some and bad news for others.

"If you're trying to get to Raleigh fast, it'll help you. If you've got a business in Rolesville, I can't see where it well help you," Eddins said.

Population in Rolesville quadrupled between 2000 and 2010, to about 3,600, leading to traffic congestion on U.S. 401 through downtown, said Mitch Neal, president of the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce. The highway narrows to two lanes, and the speed limit drops from 55 to 35 mph in town.

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"With the elementary school here on Main Street, it does get backed up quite a bit," Neal said.

Eddins said he hopes his flea market and other destination businesses will be OK once the bypass opens. The highway is the price of progress, and Rolesville can afford it, he said.

"It's just hard to be against progress. Other towns survive it. We can, too," he said.

The Rolesville Bypass is the next phase of a larger project to widen U.S. 401 from Interstate 540 to N.C. Highway 39 in Louisburg. Crews are almost finished widening the highway between Mitchell Mill Road and Louisbury Road.


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  • mmtlash Sep 12, 2011

    stores/restaurants will end up springing up on the bypass and alot of the older places in town will definately have to adjust as the "center of business" will be shifted away from's the suburbia curse lol

  • jsc1990 Sep 12, 2011

    It would be a wonderful thing if Rolesville where to get a real shopping center with stores that carry clothing and other merchandise. As I live 6 miles from Rolesville and 10 miles from Louisburg, it is worrrisome to travel into Raleigh to shop. Nothing other than a Walmart in Louisburg for reasonable shopping for any purchases. Growing the towns shopping revenues would increase their business. However, I am tickled that the stop and crawl thoroughfare
    will soon be a thing of the past!

  • drjones74 Sep 12, 2011

    A well configured by-pass such as the 98 bypass in Wake Forest, can be a help to downtown. Keeps the commuters out of town but allows easy access in for those shopping.

  • 37 Sep 12, 2011

    This could end up helping some businesses. It it nearly impossible to make a left in town sometimes, so this could make people more relaxed and take the time to stop by rather than going to a place in Raleigh on the way home.