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Widening Begins On Cary's Walnut Street

Posted October 22, 2001 4:19 a.m. EDT

— Work began Monday on the construction of the long-awaited widening of the southernmost section of Walnut Street.

Approved by Cary voters in the 1999 Cary Community Bonds Referendum, this $5.3 million project begins about 1500 feet south of Dillard Drive and continues to Holly Springs Road.

The .8-mile project is a six-lane, median-divided roadway and includes realigning and signalizing the Walnut Street /Tryon Road intersection.

Citizens should see work beginning along this roadway during the next couple of weeks, and the project should be completed during the fall of 2002.

Walnut Street is a major thoroughfare that runs from the southeast edge of town to downtown Cary, with traffic counts of 20,000-30,000 vehicles per day.

Another Walnut improvement project is also underway. While a construction schedule has not yet been finalized, design has begun on the widening of the section north of Dillard Drive, which will include an additional northbound lane from Dillard to the bridge at US 1 & 64 and another southbound lane from the bridge to Piney Plains Road.

Responding to citizen concerns over traffic, the Cary Town Council has appropriated $41 million over the past two years for projects designed to improve transportation in Cary. Over the next decade, Cary has identified an additional $574 million in potential transportation projects.