Big, Honkin' Bumps Rattle Cary Drivers

Posted May 11, 2007
Updated May 12, 2007

— Town officials have spent millions of dollars to improve Chapel Hill Road, but the quest for a smoother ride has been rough on drivers lately.

A $5.2 million widening project for Chapel Hill Road involves putting down a new layer of asphalt. But with only the outside lanes of the road resurfaced, the drive on Northeast Maynard Road through the intersection has been a trailer-rattling, tire-thumping experience in recent days.

"I'm worried about my shock absorbers, worried about my tires," driver Brittany Dorman said.

"Do I get a discount at the mechanic for this? It's horrible," driver Joni Sumrak said. "There's no warning. You'll be driving along and -- bam -- you're going over the edge."

Cary senior engineer Russ Overton said there's plenty of warning about the bumps when drivers go onto and off of the new asphalt. Orange "Bump" signs are posted on Northeast Maynard Road as drivers approach the intersection, he said.

"For the amount of time I think it's going to take to finish paving, I believe it's adequate," Overton said. "You wish you could finish all that at the same time. But unfortunately, it's just an aspect of the type of construction that you have to go down and come back and go down.

"I hope this is seen as a temporary inconvenience."

No accidents have been reported at the intersection since paving began Monday.

Resurfacing on the remaining lanes of Chapel Hill Road is expected to be completed next Monday, eliminating the bumps, Overton said.

The entire improvement project, including bike lanes and sidewalks, should be finished in a couple weeks.

In the meantime, Overton suggested that drivers go slower than the posted 45 mph speed limit along Maynard Road.


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  • wmbkab81 May 13, 2007

    BOO-HOO poor Caryites. Everyone in Cary drives sooo slow I would'nt imagine the bumps do much harm at 25 mph.

  • Deb1003 May 13, 2007

    I thought Maynard was 35....I've seen the warning signs. I slow down, and they're adequate for the road. Cary complains when people drive too fast and then complains when something to slow down drivers is implemented. Do Cary residents just complain about everything?

  • North Carolina Native May 13, 2007

    LOL Wildman...

  • refiman May 12, 2007

    people who live in Cary and like it there, don't know what they are living atop of. That whole area was a dumping ground for years for everyone around here. we used to take evrything, and anything, out there and dump it,up to about 25 years ago. There is all kinds of stuff buried out there. Toxic stuff too, stuff I don't want to be within 10 miles of, when it rains

  • smitty May 12, 2007

    The comments here show that people who don't live in Cary are quite obnoxious and dim witted.

  • ralwood May 12, 2007

    put the road back into its original form (DIRT/GRAVEL). that will slow them down 99%.

  • imrickjamesbitch May 12, 2007

    Yea, I envy Cary....... That's why I never go there.

  • dartbuddha May 12, 2007

    Is there a speed limit in Cary?

  • lizard May 12, 2007

    Why don't people just go around cary if they don't like it. It will sure improve my stats.

  • refiman May 12, 2007

    People in Cary will whine about anything, won't they?