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Posted November 29, 2010

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— People who live along Buck Jones Road in Raleigh got an idea of what the future holds when the heard from city planners Monday night about a planned widening of the thoroughfare.

Although some property owners may give up ground when Buck Jones is widened to three lanes, most at the meeting Monday were pleased with the trade-offs.

"I like it, I like it," said Lawrence Bell. He often walks along Buck Jones Road to the grocery store and said the promise of a sidewalk swayed him.

"There have been some accidents out here – most notably a pedestrian fatality out here a few years ago – so one of the things this will create is an environment where folks are able to walk up and down the street," said Eric Lamb, of Raleigh's Public Works Department.

Bell's neighbor, Amin Asfari, agreed. "It hasn't come soon enough to be honest with you, in terms of the sidewalks," he said.

"I notice that it is going to take quite a chunk of my land. I don't know how much the compensation is going to be and of course the environmental impact," Asfari said.

Residents hear, see plans for Buck Jones Road Residents hear, see plans for Buck Jones Road

The expansion may not begin until the economic tide turns. The city only has enough funding for the design phase. Lamb said construction and completion may have to wait until the next transportation bond passes.

Until then, the city will continue listening to the requests and concerns of those who live nearby.

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  • forumowner Nov 30, 2010

    Sidewalks are most definitely warranted. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic on the road along with a few blind turns and elevation changes.

  • Stormy13 Nov 30, 2010

    I firmly believe that Jones Franklin Road needs inprovement way before Buck Jones Road. There's way more traffic on Jones Franklin, just look at all the apartment complexes and the back entrance to Crossroads Shopping Center and Target. Any given day you could spend an hour or more just navigating home, and don't get me started on the light at the overpass bridge! Sure there was a fatality on Buck Jones a couple of years ago but that was due to a DWI driver going way too fast, not because of the road itself. I have lived off Jones Franklin Road almost 20 years and it hasn't gotten better, just worse over time.

  • reman069 Nov 30, 2010

    I really wonder what will happen with the church. There would still be a need for them to have people running traffic control for the entrance to the parking lots but with an increase in speeders, this would only put those people directing traffic in more peril as well as those crossing from the lot across the street. I was serious when I told the planners that they could probably pay for the whole project just in speeding tickets. One or two automated speed cams would be a big boon for the city of Raleigh through here and quell concerns of the residents.

  • LuvLivingInCary Nov 30, 2010

    i think the plans are a little industrial looking for a residential neighboorhood. i hate turn lanes down the middle that are just pavement. take a look at cary parkway and see what i think they should do only with two lanes instead of four.

  • dougdeep Nov 30, 2010

    Speed bumps are not a good idea for a road. They cause excess wear and tear on vehicles and lots of noise for neighbors. If there's one near your house, you get to hear cars brake up to the bump, engine rev as it speeds away from it, the sounds of springs and struts squeaking, and the occasional sound of some fool slamming the nose of his car on the ground.

  • jdupree Nov 30, 2010

    BIKE PATHS TO NO-WHERE. Walnut Street in Cary has no bike paths. Hillsborough Street has no paths near Buck Jones and Western Blvd has one dual purpose sidewalk/bike path for a couple of blocks. None of the side streets have bike paths. Seems like a gargantuan waste. The yards are already small and for the very few bikers this seems like an unnecessary expense during these tough economic times. The property owners will be hit hard with assessments they will not really benefit greatly from. It would seem that lowering the speed limit and adding a paved berm, 2 to 3 feet wide on both sides would accomplish all with a lot less expense. Look at Piney Plains Road and see how a warm neighborhood was transformed into a through way. The Planner said this will not increase traffic, I doubt him greatly. There are roads with bad traffic problems like Jones Franklin, narrow-Glenwood, narrow Six Forks with significantly more need than this project.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Nov 30, 2010

    Buck Owens would be proud.

  • dlk13ster Nov 30, 2010

    Maybe they could put in some speed bumps or speed tables, esp around crossing areas or near residential ones. Might be something they'd be willing to explore.

  • reman069 Nov 30, 2010

    I live on Buck Jones and WILL be impacted by this. I admit that the sidewalks and turn lane are a good idea but the planners for this seemed ill prepared to address the concerns of the residents to what will be an increase in speeders through an already dangerous street. Widening this road can only invite an increase in speeders without some mechanism to keep them at the posted speed limit. It's hard for me to get out of my driveway right now because of this and I only see it getting worse. I would like to point out that the last accident was because of excessive speed.

  • independentvoter3 Nov 30, 2010

    Another bond/loan to build another road. Nice....