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DOT considers upgrading U.S. 64 in Wake, Chatham

Transportation officials want to come up with a master plan for the U.S. Highway 64 corridor from Cary to Pittsboro.

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APEX, N.C. — A meeting was held Monday evening to let residents comment on proposed improvements to the U.S. Highway 64 corridor in Chatham and Wake counties.

Three alternate plans were posted at Apex High School, 1501 Laura Duncan Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. They will also be up at Northwood High School, 310 Northwood School Road in Pittsboro, during the same hours on Tuesday.

State Department of Transportation officials want to formulate a 30-year master plan with short- and long-term ways to deal with expected growth along the corridor in western Wake and eastern Chatham.

Possibilities include upgrading the route to an expressway from U.S. Highway 1 in Cary to the U.S. 64 Bypass east of Pittsboro. Removing a number of stoplights and widening the highway are also options being considered.

Transportation officials said they aim to approve a plan sometime this summer.

No funding has been set aside for the proposed improvements.

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