Rolesville bypass set to be complete in July

As crews clear trees to begin construction of a U.S. Highway 401 bypass around Rolesville, local business owners are keeping their fingers crossed that the new highway won't steer their customers away.

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ROLESVILLE, N.C. — Despite what seems to be little headway on a U.S. Highway 401 bypass project in Rolesville, the North Carolina Department of Transportation says construction is still on track to be completed by next July.

A poster child for growth in Wake County, the town quadrupled its population between 2000 and 2010. The boom also meant drivers who commute along U.S. Highway 401, or Main Street, have to deal with congestion almost every day.

Work began on the $25 million, 6-mile long, bypass around Rolesville's south side two years ago to help ease traffic troubles, but recently, drivers like Lequilla Horton say they are concerned about how much longer they might have to sit in traffic.

"It's taking a very long time," Horton said Monday. "It's looking like there's no progress at all."

DOT engineer David Moore said the project has hit a few road bumps, including more rock than expected that needs to be blasted, but that progress is being made.

A lot of the work is being done in the woods, he said, but drivers should expect to see more construction soon – and when they do, they should be prepared for more traffic delays.

"Probably between now and the end of the year, we'll start doing tie-ins at the Rolesville Road area and the Jonesville Road area," he said.

That's still good news for drivers like Horton.

"It needs to hurry up and get finished, so traffic can go smoother and I can get where I need to go."


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