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Road Construction Under Way Near New Southpoint Mall

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DURHAM — The landscape changes every day at I-40 and Fayetteville Road where construction has begun on the roads and bridges that will bring people to the new Southpoint mall.

Fayetteville Road will become a six-lane bridge over I-40, and four lanes will carry traffic off each ramp from the interstate to the mall.

The Department Of Transportation says there is good news for taxpayers.

"This particular project is 100 percent paid for by the developer," says engineer Stephen Daniel. "DOT has no expense in it whatsoever."

A member of CAUSE (Citizens Against Urban Sprawl Everywhere), Carolyn Aaronson remembers the developers fighting until the very end against paying for the road improvements.

Now CAUSE is fighting the massive road project, just as the group fought the mall.

"It's such an insensitivity to the beauty that is here in this portion of Durham," Aaronson says. "You can't bring it back once it's gone. You just can't."

Once it is finished, Southpoint will be 1.3 million square feet of stores and restaurants.

The complex is expected to open in March 2002. Developers say the road work will be done several months before then.


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