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Wider roads part of Raleigh transportation bond

Posted June 24, 2013
Updated June 25, 2013

— A $75 million transportation bond on the fall ballot in Raleigh will include 14 roadway improvements, sidewalk upgrades and some traffic calming projects.

The Raleigh City Council voted last week to put the bond issue before voters in October, but they waited until Monday to hammer out the details of what a bond would pay for, if approved.

The roadway improvements include widening Buck Jones, Mitchell Mill, Sandy Forks, Pleasant Valley, Tryon, Old Wake Forest, Rock Quarry, Blue Ridge and Poole roads. Also, improvements to Hillsborough Street, Six Forks Road, New Hope Church Road, Blount and Person streets downtown and New Bern Avenue.

If approved by voters, the bond would raise local property taxes by 1.12 cents per $100 of valuation.

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  • CherryDarling Jun 26, 8:40 a.m.

    Our state logo should be two crisscrossing orange construction cones. I know it's all necessary, but I am so so so so so sick of coming across construction on every single road I drive on.

  • downtowner Jun 26, 8:36 a.m.

    I will vote YES because I know you guys will be picking up the tab and I won't have to pay squat. I love democracy!

  • djhartm Jun 25, 2:19 p.m.

    Yes DanB, we should all pay increased property taxes because to crashed on your motorcycle avoiding a pothole.

    Not.

  • Istanbul Jun 25, 2:10 p.m.

    I remember going home one night on Wake Forest/Falls of Neuse and it was 2 lanes. Very next morning, it was 3 lanes!

  • godnessgracious2 Jun 25, 1:10 p.m.

    I guess narrower cars is never going to be an option.

  • msgooch2000 Jun 25, 12:38 p.m.

    Yes, please widen Six Forks between Millbrook and Northbrook. I can't tell you how many people get sideswiped in that stretch during the year.

  • DanB Jun 25, 12:20 p.m.

    After 30+ years of riding a motorcycle, I got into a wreck trying to avoid one pothole and got caught in another!! SANDY FORKS rd needs some work desperately!!

  • garyspear Jun 25, 12:05 p.m.

    Let the city counsel show us the budget for road maintenance and road improvements and how it is being spent now. Are they robbing from that fund like the feds do?

  • djhartm Jun 25, 10:46 a.m.

    The council has some audacity attempting to foist yet another bond measure on resident, particularly given the dim economic clime.

    Instead of working on efficiency and better fiscal planning, it's far easier to ask for more money.

    We have one of the highest gas taxes in the southeast, yet our roads are not kept up to the same level as locales with lower taxes.

    Rest assured if this gets approved, other agencies will quickly follow with a litany of bond measures (fire, police, schools, ambulance, parks & rec, library, lighting and landscaping, etc.).

    This is one of the reasons we left CA was because the benefits of prop 13 have been undone by exorbitant property taxes via endless bond measures attached to property tax bills.

    Please do not subscribe to the liberal mindset of solving problems by throwing more money at the government; demand fiscal responsibility! To these people whining about sidewalks and bicycle lanes; YOU can pay for those 'nice-to-haves'.

  • fatkatts2 Jun 25, 10:16 a.m.

    OmegaBaby...love your comment "I don't drive down those particular roads, so therefore it's a waste of taxpayer money." I hope you are being funny/sarcastic. YOU may not use those roads, but thousands of OTHER people DO. I drive many of them and they are ALL badly in need of repair. They are a safety hazard both for drivers and those walking and riding bikes.

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