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Tryon Road widening project nearing end

Posted January 28, 2010

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— The end is in sight for the long-awaited widening of Tryon Road in Raleigh, city officials say.

The road from Campbell Road to Dillard Drive has been under construction for more than two years and is nearly eight months past its projected completion date.

Tryon Road widening project nearing end   Tryon Road widening project nearing end

Tim Sudano, who manages the project for the city, says the project should be finished by April.

"April's not too far off," he said. "We will have it finished here shortly."

Sudano says the city will bill the contractor, Triangle Grading and Paving, for every day past the project's original May 2009 due date.

Triangle Grading says the city did not get utilities moved in time to make that deadline.

The projected completion date is welcome news for parents of students at nearby Swift Creek Elementary School, who have complained of daily traffic headaches in and near the work zone.

"It is very frustrating," said Jennifer Rose, who says she has to fight her way through a maze of traffic cones every morning to drop off her three children. "It has been an extended period of time. We thought it would be completed by now."

Even when the project is complete, there are concerns.

The road design doesn't allow left turns to and from the school, meaning parents and school staff will have to make U-turns at busy intersections.

School administrators say the school system will examine the issue when the project is finished.

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  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 29, 2010

    hedgy: Well, gosh, I guess not, because according to county maps, NO part of the current construction is within Cary town limits. It's all Raleigh or Wake County. Cary finished their part up to the border YEARS ago.

  • hedgy_one Jan 29, 2010

    The Tryon Road widening project will not be completed until it iw widened from Lake Wheeler Road to S. Wilmington St. (US70/401). That widening was put on hold while the money was used to widen the Cary section that is almosed finished.... I wonder if Cary is going to pay for the Raleigh section to be completed since Raleigh paid for the Cary section? Do I hear laughter from all of you "out there"????? I thought so!

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 29, 2010

    How does it make life easier for Cary?

  • ncwebguy Jan 29, 2010

    It is sad that Raleigh resident have to pay to make Cary residents' lives easier.

    We've been doing it for decades for schools, and now roads. Of course they still won't be happy and make more silly demands.

    Over the years, Tryon's widening from Yates Pond to Lake Wheeler cost as much (if not more) than Fayetville Street restoration. Fayetville Street has spurned close to (more than?) a *billion* dollars of investment, increasing the tax base. Meanwhile, Tryon has added a few mid to lower quality apartment complexes.

    Which was the better investment?

  • BottomLine Jan 29, 2010

    Drive that section everyday 2-3 times. Its a joke & worse than ever for the school. good opportunity for the nc state cone king

  • Z Man Jan 29, 2010

    A friend of mine was traveling east on Tryon turning south on Yates Mill Pond. He cut the corner a bit sharp and his floorboard caught on one of those protruding man-hole-cover like (but smaller) pipes. His bike went horizontal. If they had finished on time, he would not have dumped his bike. He should fine the contractor too!

  • Z Man Jan 29, 2010

    aralston - That entrance to Swift Creek Elementary School is marked by 2 'DO NOT ENTER' signs. It's only for exiting the school parking lot. You may want to open your eyes next time.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 29, 2010

    aralston: No problem with that big "DO NO ENTER" sign? Please don't run over a kid going the wrong way.

  • aralston Jan 29, 2010

    My grandson goes to Swift Creek and I work downtown..when I go to his schoo..I come up Tryon past Dillard and once I get to the light by the school I turn on Yates Mill and go to the parking lot through that entrance..I don't usually have a problem..

  • 1Packfan Jan 29, 2010

    I live right off Avent Ferry (near Tryon Rd) and have to deal with the traffic daily going to and from work. IT STINKS!!! I cannot WAIT until this gets completed! I recently moved from one traffic nightmare (widening of Perry Creek) to this one - but looks like it will soon end.

    Won't be worrying about it this weekend. Doubt I'll move the car at all after tonight.

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