Merchant Campaign Designed to Stop Shoppers From Passing By Buck Jones

Posted April 10, 2007

— With major work on the intersection of Walnut Street and Buck Jones Road complete, business owners in the area want customers to know the way is clear to come back.

The intersection was reworked as part of the $58 million U.S. Highway 1/64 improvement project. The two-year project added lanes to the highway and rejiggered traffic flow to Buck Jones Road and Walnut Street.

Now, after months of having customers stay away in droves to avoid the congestion brought on by lane closures, merchants at South Hills Mall and other shopping centers in the area have banded together in a promotional campaign touting "Buck Jones Is Better."

"It has been a little bit painful, you know. The barrels were out there quite a bit. People had to adjust to different turn lanes," said Bob Dascombe of Martin Properties, which owns South Hills Mall. "We now have our day of emancipation, if you will. We have better turning lanes. We have more traffic light cycles. We have right turn on red where we didn't have that before."

Merchants are placing "Buck Jones Is Better" posters in their windows and are handing out "BJIB" car magnets to customers to help spread the word. The group also has put together a television commercial to broadcast their message.

"The pain is now turning into the gain for the Buck Jones corridor," Dascombe said.

Still, some drivers aren't convinced the two-year project was worth the pain.

"I don't think it's better yet," driver Maria Mull said. "I'm still having a hard time, and I'm here all the time. I always get stuck here with people not knowing what lanes to be in."


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  • Warden Apr 17, 2007

    I've been wishing for many years that South Hills could be fully revamped, it always looks two days from closing. It would really be something to see it re-done the way North Hills was!

  • mslisac363 Apr 11, 2007

    I live in and Cary and didn't shop there before the problem. This place needs a face lift.

  • STFU Apr 10, 2007

    South Hills has never been a major mall. Anyone in Cary, and from this area knows that it has always been pretty much a quiet area. The worst traffic to date there is on Sundays from Grace Church down the road. A few stores and shops there such as Kerr Drugs, South Hills Barbershop, Burlington Coat Factory and the K&S are pretty much the only busy areas at South Hills, always have been. The traffic always was due to the traffic light pattern and how SHORT it was turning off of Buck Jones onto Walnut. Good Luck to South Hills, I for one hope this small shopping area does thrive.

  • El Doggo Apr 10, 2007

    Well!!! If someone from fuquay can understand it....

  • Fuquay Resident Apr 10, 2007

    I have no problem understanding the intersection. If you want to go to Crossroads, you exit left. If you want to go to South Hills, exit right. If you want to go to Cary Towne Center, take the next exit. It's not that hard to understand people!!!! Hello, if you can't read the signs then you don't need to be driving.

  • jbtilley Apr 10, 2007

    "Wait until Christmas, or any other busy shopping time, to see how much of a mess they have created."

    I'm just waiting for the day when Hardee's and all the other businesses that are in that area between the old on-ramp to US1 south and the new on-ramp go out of business. It's just a matter of time. Those stores are now extremely inconvenient to get in and out of.

  • El Doggo Apr 10, 2007

    Shocked???? All you have to realize is WHO designed it? N.C.D.O.T. It is STILL a fouled up area!

  • mothermac Apr 10, 2007

    I, too, am shocked at all the money spent and what little relief there is on this stretch of highway. The exit that includes I-40, Crossroads and Buck Jones is still just as dangerous and traffic is still a major problem. Oh well, who am I to judge, I'm just a taxpayer.

  • pink lady Apr 10, 2007

    This project would be a lot more successful if it was made clear, when traveling from Raleigh, that you can no longer access Walnut Street from the old Buck Jones Rd exit, and that you should go down to the next exit to get to Walnut Street...

  • tbfromnc Apr 10, 2007

    I live just down US 1 from this area. In my opinion it is an absolute mess. Especially the concrete median that is designed to prevent drivers from turning left. You are forced to the next traffic light and wait to make a U-turn.

    When Christmas comes this year, I for one will avoid that area.