Rolesville Bypass delayed again

Posted October 1, 2014 4:39 p.m. EDT
Updated October 1, 2014 10:49 p.m. EDT

— Residents won't see some traffic relief along U.S. Highway 401 in Rolesville until at least December, officials said Wednesday.

Work began on the 6-mile route around the Wake County town's south side three years ago and was expected to be complete in July. The completion date was then moved back to September because of weather delays and unexpected rock that needed to be cleared from the route.

Now, the completion date has been pushed back a second time, putting it in danger of not opening until 2015.

The new delay comes as no surprise to Rolesville residents.

"They are all fed up, and they all kinda laugh," Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said. "We get a date and everybody kinda laughs."

Some residents wonder if the roadway will ever be finished.

"I think we have about given up on the bypass," said Jesse Burrows, who lives near the town.

Despite the delays, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said in June that the project was still within its $25 million budget.

Between 2000 and 2010, Rolesville quadrupled its population, which has contributed to the traffic congestion.

"We have people moving here everyday," Eagles said.