Streets In Apex, Raleigh Make List Of 'Rough Roads'

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RALEIGH, N.C. — WRAL recently asked motorists, "Where are the roughest roads in the area?" Hundreds of people responded and all this week, WRAL Trafficologist Mark Roberts will be looking at the top 10 roughest roads.


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Some say Apex is the peak of good living, but "Rough Roads" voters believe Center Street is the peak of potholes. Center Street is the main connector from downtown to the rapidly growing areas on the edge of town.

The historic district signs indicate it all started in 1873, and many who contacted WRAL said they thought Center Street has not been paved since then. However, the DOT said it may stay that way for the near future.

"(There's) a lot of traffic, lot of trucks, lot of movement through there," said DOT engineer Jon Nance. "We don't have that currently under contract, but it's on our radar screen."

Another group of roads that made the "Rough Roads" list were the streets of central downtown Raleigh with its endless patching and cracked and rutted pavement.

"You have to go real slow so you don't mess up your tires. I mean it's really kind of scary," said driver Katie Green.

However, there is some good news for the main north/south corridors.

"We've got McDowell Street and Dawson Street under contract to resurface, basically from above the Legislative Building area all the way down to the Beltline," Nance said.


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