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New Morrisville shopping center brings traffic concerns

Posted October 4, 2011 10:39 p.m. EDT
Updated October 4, 2011 10:59 p.m. EDT

— A new shopping center opened in Morrisville this week, driving residents to voice concerns about the traffic it will bring.

The Target store at the 100-acre Park West Village cut its ribbon Tuesday evening, bringing 205 jobs with it. More stores set to open this fall are also hiring, but for many people who take Chapel Hill Road or Cary Parkway on their commutes, new jobs don't outweigh the burden of new traffic.

Connie Robison of Cary said the new traffic lights installed to control traffic in and out of Park West Village will add time to her morning drive.

"Once the shopping center opens, I expect (traffic) to be much worse," Robison said. "I'm going to have to find another way to work."

David Allen Parris agreed. 

"You have a community center, two apartment complexes right here and now this," he said. "It's going to be pretty bad."

Sarah Babineau, however, cruised the aisles of the new Target Tuesday and said she's glad to have a place to shop close to home.

"(Target is) always so far away at Crossroads, so now it's on this side of town," she said. "It's a really good place to be."