DOT releases study on proposed U.S. 64 expansion

Posted May 5, 2010

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation is offering new details on a proposed expansion of a 19-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 64 that would relieve congestion as growth continues in Wake and Chatham counties.

The expansion begins at the U.S. 64 Business/U.S. 64 Bypass Interchange east of Pittsboro in Chatham County and extends east to the U.S. 1/U.S. 64 interchange in Cary in Wake County.

DOT releases study on proposed U.S. 64 expansion DOT releases study on proposed U.S. 64 expansion

It includes 2 miles across Jordan Lake and is approximately 1,000 feet on each side of U.S. 64.

The DOT's draft study, released Wednesday, details a short-term plan that includes strategies to improve mobility and safety at major intersections.

It also includes a 30-year plan that consists of improvements needed to accommodate traffic projects for the year 2035.

Among the proposed improvements are converting many major intersections to interchanges or overpasses while maintaining traffic signals in highly developed areas.

Cary and Apex residents who would be affected by the expansion have voiced opposition to the estimated $325 million plan, saying it would bring more air and noise pollution to the area.

Businesses in the area have complained they would see a decrease in customer traffic because of an elevated expressway in Cary. The latest study removes that from the proposal.

The DOT maintains that traffic in the area will only get worse without the expansion and that U.S. 64 is a focus because it's another route from Raleigh to Charlotte.

An estimated 54,000 vehicles travel the stretch of highway each day.

The DOT says there is no official timetable for work on the expansion to begin. The project remains unfunded.


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  • paul16 May 6, 2010


    Why is there no mention of a Bypass in DOT's study ?

    The more cars that travel 64 makes the division of our neighborhood worse.

    Don't we have better things to do with $ 300+ million ? Signs are cheap and everyone is happy.

  • Bendal1 May 6, 2010


    No one's spending money on this right now. All that's been done is DOT now has a plan on what they ultimately want US 64 to look like. There's some short range work being funded but that is needed now anyway.

  • paul16 May 6, 2010

    Why are we spending any money on this project ? A bypass using 540 & US1 adds 3 miles to the journey and is already being built. All the DOT needs to do is add some signage and everyone would be happy. More cars on Hwy 64 just divides the community. Lets save millions tax payers dollars and just put up some "Hwy 64 bypass" signs and let the existing Hwy 64 be "business 64". It is a easy deal.

    One more thing - Capitol Boulevard has nothing in common with Hwy 64. Capitol Boulevard has driveways every few hundred feet, making it a nightmare & an eyesore. Hwy 64 has only street access and lots of trees (not parking lots). Lets keep Hwy 64 a beautiful part of our neighborhood and leave it alone.

  • xoxxox May 6, 2010

    I agree with irishale. Perhaps we need to lower the speed limits on our highways or Perhaps we need more traffic enforcement on them. This stretch of 64 is as much residential as recreational. It is a shame that we put so much emphasis on self convenience.

  • Bendal1 May 6, 2010

    DOT knows quite well what a service road is. There are some on US 64 right now, in fact. However, when it was widened back in the 90's no one foresaw that US 64 would become such a popular route. It does have partial control of access on it, but more than that will be expensive. Oh btw, widening US 64 west of Pittsboro was one of my projects back then.

  • cary1969 May 6, 2010

    concerned about the noise and traffic but retailers are concerned about business slowing due to lack of it? who cares, build the thing because SOMETHING needs to be done before it becomes another capital blvd.

  • todmax May 5, 2010

    Somebody from the DOT needs to take a trip to Texas and learn about frontage roads. This section of 64 would be ideal for that, it allows the local traffic to move slowly, while the mainline travelers can keep moving without lights. No need to add more high speed lanes, just the frontage roads in the more heavily developed areas.

  • newwake May 5, 2010

    This is such a main route that a limited access freeway should be the choice. Businesses will still get plenty of customers. They will just have to exit off the freeway first. I mean it is going to get so congested that people are going to start avoiding the area. I mean most of our traffic problems is with commuter traffic anyway, not people shopping. I would use HWY 64 more often if I didnt have to go through Cary and Apex....what a mess sometimes. It reminds me of Capital Blvd.

  • irishale May 5, 2010

    I live on 64 west of Pittsboro. I've seen a marked increase in traffic on 64 over the last few years. I can only assume more people are using 64 to get from Raleigh to Charlotte to avoid the I-85 corridor.

    The only problem with this is that it is, in effect, a residential area that happens to be a 4-lane highway. There are numerous side roads and driveways along the stretch west of Pittsboro, as well as a lot of farming activity.

    People treat this section of 64 as an interstate... and it's NOT. The speed limit is 55, but people regularly come through at interstate speeds, making entering/exiting my driveway a game of Russian Roulette... I and my wife have been nearly hit numerous times trying to turn into our driveway, with turn signals!!!!

    The expansion project the DOT is planning will not only affect the area in consideration, but will also encourage RDU-Charlotte traffic, making MY stretch of 64 even more dangerous!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 5, 2010

    To take pressure off of the I-40/I-85 corridor from Raleigh, NC to Charlotte, NC they need to convert US-64 from Cary to Asheboro and NC-49 from Asheboro to Charlotte into a freeway with 4 lanes each way.

    Don't listen to the Nimby's in Cary and Apex who's arrival triggered most of the growth that we are now dealing with.