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Widening project will make stretch of Raleigh's Tryon Road safer

Posted October 9, 2013

— While it could be years before some road projects included in Raleigh's latest transportation bond are completed, one smaller project on Tryon Road in south Raleigh is about to get underway. 

Suggested by residents who live near the Raleigh Golf Association, the construction will reduce the number of curves on Tryon Road between the golf course and Wilmington Street by building a new bridge over the railroad tracks that go through the area.

The bridge will connect to an existing road in the Renaissance Park neighborhood, effectively eliminating two sharp curves that have been the cause of several wrecks. 

Neighbors say the improvements will make the road safer for golfers and drivers. Anthony McLeod, who lives nearby and uses Tryon Road often, said the road is in desperate need of a face lift.

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"Being a two-lane road, it's dangerous at times," McLeod said. hit-and-run on Hillsborough Street Q&A: 2013 Raleigh transportation bond

Dennis Jernigan, an N.C. Department of Transportation engineer, said the project will go a long way toward making Tryon Road – one of the busier roads in southern Wake County – much safer.

"There (is) a higher incidence of crashes out here than there are compared to similar sections across the state," Jernigan said. "Tryon Road will be much straighter. There will be a few curves in there, but they will be much gentler than the ones in place now."

No lanes will be closed during the project, officials said, and the new section of road will be four lanes.

Golfers who frequent RGA will also benefit from the project, as a new tunnel will allow them to travel underneath Tryon Road. Drivers trying to visit the SPCA of Wake County – off of Withers Road – and other locations near the old stretch of road will be able to access Old Tryon Road once the work is complete.

Work on the project will begin in February and could take two years to complete.

"I think it's going to make the area safer," McLeod said. "It's a good thing."

Eventually, the project near RGA will join with Raleigh's future widening project that was included in Tuesday's $75 million transportation bond. Voters approved the bond 70 to 30 percent, according to unofficial results.

The future widening project will widen Tryon Road to a four-lane, median-divided section with bike lanes, sidewalks and street lights from Lake Wheeler Road to Par Drive.


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  • krimson Oct 11, 3:17 p.m.

    "Why does it take DEBT to connect an existing road to an existing road?"

    b/c we can't raise taxes.

  • Pseudonym Oct 10, 5:54 p.m.

    Why does it take DEBT to connect an existing road to an existing road?

  • 1jalapeno Oct 10, 5:07 p.m.

    Can't blame the drivers can we? Always somebody else's fault, never the driver's. Can't drive the speed limit. Can't put down that cup of coffee or that cell phone can we? You could make the road a straight one and people would still crash because they would just drive faster. Why can't the police spend their days giving tickets to speeders and aggressive and unsafe drivers? We would all benefit.

  • cjw6105 Oct 10, 4:55 p.m.

    If they hadn't allowed Renaissance Park to have been built before this improvement was made, the bad stretch of Tryon Road could have been eliminated with a much shorter connection straight to where Chapanoke Road now ends, just west of its intersection with US 401. This would have taken much of Tryon Road's traffic away from the more dangerous Tryon Hills intersection.

    But better late than never, I guess.

  • ct girl Oct 10, 2:07 p.m.

    Hopefully they will start working on Tryon Rd and try to have it completed before the major part of the Crawleigh project starts.

  • 75Tarheel Oct 10, 12:42 p.m.

    Too bad DOT could not have planned this years ago so that WE would not have to pay MUCH MORE $$$$$ Now that it crosses a development, or was this planned for the benefit of developers? Simple planning would have simply restricted the development plan to provide an easement when it was approved. Done all the time when planning is timely! Just another DOT bad management!

    williammjohnston

    This was ALWAYS in the master plan of the housing developement. DOT was involved in this from the start. The road through developement is already four lane and named Tryon Rd. And that bridge is way overdue to be replaced. OR would you rather have a long detour while they replace the bridge and keep the curves. I didn't think so. Get your facts before you make yourself look foolish.

  • UpChuck Oct 10, 12:39 p.m.

    There'snot really a problem driving the current road unless you're speeding...or drunk...or both...which is fairly typical along that stretch.

  • williammjohnston Oct 10, 10:15 a.m.

    Too bad DOT could not have planned this years ago so that WE would not have to pay MUCH MORE $$$$$
    Now that it crosses a development, or was this planned for the benefit of developers? Simple planning would have simply restricted the development plan to provide an easement when it was approved. Done all the time when planning is timely! Just another DOT bad management!

  • jeffdewitt Oct 10, 9:54 a.m.

    If you drive that stretch of road you can see the main road in the subdivision is lined up to connect with the exiting Tryon Road, if all they wanted to do was connect them it would take very little work to do it on the western end (closest to the bridge). On the eastern end it's not quite as obvious, but again it's apparent they have been prepared for this for quite some time. This is a project that should have been done years ago.

  • oleguy Oct 10, 8:11 a.m.

    CER, Opps,,, the map and drawing must be a little off, I agree on G.C. not a Quality option, I saw a table full of (Large) people eating, They would eat a plate, go outside Smoke and come back in and eat another Iguess all you can eat is all you can eat

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