N.C. 98 Bypass expected to open Thursday

Posted September 1, 2010

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— Thursday's the day commuters in northern Wake County have been waiting for – the opening of the N.C. 98 Wake Forest Bypass. However, it's not good news for everyone.

For years, drivers along U.S. 1 and Highway 98 in northern Wake County have faced an obstacle of traffic cones and road closures – all while they waited for crews to finish a road connecting the two major thoroughfares.

Drivers say the bypass will ease congestion and make traveling the area much easier. Retailers in the area are happy, too. The Peanut Roaster is a shop right off the bypass, and employees said they believe the new traffic will flow their way.

"We're excited about it," employee Joyce Holloway said.

"I just think it will be easier to get from point A to point B," said Twila Micchia.

"Everybody has got to be happy about this," echoed Mary Canny.

Lenore Ziff, who lives right behind the bypass, is not as enthusiastic. Her backyard, which used to be nothing but woods, is now a highway. She is concerned, she said, and doesn't know how her life will change once the road is opened to traffic.

"If they had a road in their backyard, they wouldn't be happy," she said.

Ziff said she's worried that cars traveling at 55 mph will make too much noise.

"We were happy here," she said, "until this happened."

DOT officials say they're unable to put a sound barrier behind Ziff's house because the subdivision was built after plans for the bypass became public record.


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  • Its me Sep 8, 2010

    This new bypass has only made things worse. It has added an extra 20 min to my drive to work in Durham and an extra 30 min to my drive home the the evening. People are turning to go down Purnell Rd and the is not backed up, they need to do something you would think we stayed in a big city.

  • common_sense_plz Sep 2, 2010

    It pays to read all the real estate papers before you agree to purchase, being that the development was built AFTER the bypass was public record. Is this the relators fault....NO, it is the fault of those who chose not to read. As far as the bypass goes, in order to be a bypass it should have no stoplights nor should businesses be allowed to build next to it, and access should be limited.

    Hwy 64 was designed to bypass down town Knightdale, well Knightdale built up around 64. For anyone traveling that way knows what a headache that was. I am predicting that there will be an outter-outter loop similar to 540, but that will go in a huge cirlce around Wake County, which means Billions more in tax dollars, for convience, when common sense planning is much cheaper.

  • mpheels Sep 2, 2010

    I live fairly close to a highway (I rent, and to road was there long before I moved in). I also happen to live near the first highway on-ramp accessible to the fire, EMS and police departments. I hear sirens for 3/4 of the calls in town, which means I hear hear them about once each evening and sometimes in the morning before I go to work, nothing too disruptive. Other than the sirens, the woosh of traffic almost sounds like the ocean, which makes for some nice napping when I lay out at the pool.

  • Humungous Sep 2, 2010

    My wife got the big idea she wanted to get into real estate. After a few weeks of Southern culture shock, she told me she needed to make a choice of either staying in church or continue developing a real estate career. She decided to stay in church.

  • As if .... Sep 2, 2010

    All this is great but... you zip thru the new section only to get tied up on 98 all the way to Durham every morning and night . when is 98 going to be widened and brought into the 21'st century? Or are we still living in a farming area and drive tractors to the pasture.

  • aspenstreet1717 Sep 2, 2010

    All of this road construction adds time to my drive from WF to Raleigh. More traffic lights to sit at.

  • jimmy27596 Sep 2, 2010

    I have lived on HWY 401 most of my 51 years with all the traffic, trucks, etc - but I don't mind, you get use to it. What gripes my back-side is this idiot compaining AFTER buying a house that was on the "by pass" plan and somehow WRAL thinks it's news worthy? And I agree, the By-pass - should be just what it says, but of course - the guv-ment knows best and throws in stop light after stop light and before you know it, they'll cut the speed to 35 mph. Maybe by then they will have 401 4 laned after that speed trap called Rolesvile and I'll commute to Raleigh that way.

  • Slip Kid Sep 2, 2010

    Since my 1st experience with Triangle/RTP growth 20 years ago, I learned to check the local planning maps BEFORE I bought my last 2 houses. The highway corridor was pucblic record before hers was built, so it should not have been a big surprise.

  • CarolinianByChoice Sep 2, 2010

    As a former real estate broker I considered due diligence an integral part of my job. I always did extensive research on upcoming road, development or other projects/plans that could impact a property my buyers were interested in. Several buyers steered clear of homes that would end up being close to planned new road construction projects. That being said, it is the responsibility of the potential purchasers to do their OWN homework. Simple internet searches can reveal future plans that could have an impact on the happiness (and financial!) value of a property. Even when a broker performs to the best of their abilities and serves a client well, people will still complain – especially about that commission a broker receives . . .

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 2, 2010

    Every city worth something has a 30-year or 20-year or at least a 10-year plan of ALL of their proposed development.

    BEFORE you buy a house...look at this. Or, not...and you can complain to anyone who will listen. ;-)

    Yes, sometimes small things creep in there, and sometimes exact locations change...but at least you'll have some idea that an airport, interstate, pig farm, coming in nearby.