Public comments being accepted on Crabtree Valley traffic

Posted September 9, 2010

— Plans to relieve traffic congestion around Crabtree Valley Mall are continuing to take shape.

Officials this week released a draft report, which contains plans to increase access from the beltline, and decrease backups by widening smaller roads around the mall.

Engineers say the current traffic layout is at capacity.

Officials are accepting comments from the public about the plan until Oct. 7.

Comments may be e-mailed to or sent via regular mail to:

Fleming El-Amin
City of Raleigh Public Works Dept.
P.O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602


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  • Footflash Sep 14, 2010

    Understand that it is not just the mall. Glenwood is the only beltline access from Western Wake County. The mall traffic only intensifies inbound ITB traffic and beltline access traffic. Plan 4B on the listed website looks great!

  • tomfoolery Sep 10, 2010

    The more of you that stay away the better the traffic will be in my neighborhood! No seriously, just linking/timing the stop lights all the way down Glenwood would be an improvement.

  • ncguy Sep 10, 2010

    why should the tax payer feel the full burden of paying for this?

    i think the mall owner should have to flip some of the bill.

  • Baybee Doll Sep 10, 2010

    They need to do something about the congestion at the 401/70 split near Garner instead. The Crabtree area never seemed that congested to me except during the holidays.

  • Garnerwolf1 Sep 10, 2010

    Just do what I do - Avoid the place!

  • Phrostbite Sep 10, 2010

    My suggestions:

    1) A bridge from the downtown side of Glenwood, across the beltline & ending at Creedmoor & Glenwood

    2) A service road entrance/exit at Creedmoor & Glenwood on the right side to allow traffic to run parell with Glenwood from the Marriot to the Holiday Inn.

    3)2 exits off the beltline, one connecting directly with the new bridge for through traffic & the other connecting to the old spane of Glenwood to be the Crabtree Mall exit with all lanes marked for the different entrances

    There is definetly a few solutions out there, but it will be pricey & a pain to do the construction. Big question in my mind is, who pays for it...the city or the mall?

  • smcallah Sep 10, 2010

    About 15 years ago there was a plan to split Glenwood Ave at the mall and have the current lanes be 1-way westbound, and build new lanes around the back of the mall that would be 1-way eastbound.

    Whatever happened to that plan? That would give 2 main entrances to the mall, 1 for eastbound and 1 for westbound. Instead right now, eastbound traffic must turn left to get into the mall, backing up traffic and only letting a few cars through.

    Also, they need to eliminate Blue Ridge Rd as being an exit from the mall, that gets terribly backed up going towards Glenwood, and people cannot stay in their lanes or don't know which lane they need.

    What is really needed is an exit that overpasses the roads and gets directly onto the Beltline, because that is what most of the people getting on Blue Ridge are trying to do, they just want to turn right at Glenwood and get on the Beltline.

  • Pseudonym Sep 10, 2010

    It would help if more people knew about Crabtree Valley Ave along the back of the mall, Blue Ridge Rd, Homewood Ave, how to get to the bridge over Crabtree Valley Ave to the top levels of the back deck near the food court, the little extension of Crabtree Valley Ave that empties onto Glenwood at the BP station, turning right from...

    ..I better shut up, I'm giving away my secrets.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Sep 10, 2010

    No idea if this is possible, but adding an exit that heads to the back of Crabtree would help. All the traffic off the belt line has to turn left into the mall which is a big part of the problem.

  • Leonardo Sep 10, 2010

    DontLikeTheSocialistObama: "Crabtree valley mall needs to have it's access to Glenwood closed with it's primary access being a new exit from I-440 (beltline) that only goes to the mall.".

    So all the traffic going to the mall from northwest Raleigh that uses US 70 and NC 50 would need to drive onto the beltline to get to the mall? And what would the effect of all this additional traffic on the beltline be?

    You're obviously not a very good traffic planner...I'd stick with the Obama insults.