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Western Boulevard Extension Opens Today

Posted December 17, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— It's been two years in the making, but there finally will be free-flowing traffic going east and west in Raleigh today.

The ribbon cutting for the Western Boulevard extension is set for 11 a.m. today. The price tag for the project: $20 million.

The new 1.4 mile stretch of four-lane, divided highway connects Western Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard, which ties in to Poole Road and the beltline. It will give commuters an easy way to cut across the heart of the city, connecting East Raleigh to West Raleigh, beltline to beltline.

The project has drawn both praise and protest. It will alleviate congestion on narrow streets in Boylan Heights. But some residents of the area complain that the road has transformed the neighborhood by cutting down trees and eliminating an open field in front of Dorothea Dix Hospital.