01/18/10 253 W - + 16 - 2 Magic Wand Traffic Solutions?

While we're ranting about Raleigh roadways, how about an informal survey? What are your most desired traffic solutions in the Capitol City. You know, the ones that could be made to happen if a magic wand were waved. Note that the requests apply to infrastructure only. Said wand doesn't affect driver behavior, or even driver presence. e.g., returning all them "northern drivers" back to their home states. Here are Mike's top picks, in no particular order:

-Widen the Beltline to four lanes in each direction around Raleigh.
-Second level for Beltline for thru traffic, ah la San Antonio.
-Widen I-540 to four lanes in each direction.
-Widen off ramp from I-540 to I-40 West to Durham.
-Ditto the off ramp from Beltline to Capital Blvd north.
-Three lanes each way for Western Blvd.
-Four lane Chapel Hill Road from Raleigh to county line, with crossover direct from Western Blvd.
-Fuquay-Varina bypass from NC55 on the west side to NC55, NC42, and US401 on the east and north side.
-Widen Creedmoor road from I-540 to at least NC98 or beyond.

And finally-

DJ - 01/18/10 - 09:57

I was thinking it, but DJ stole my thought: A raised limited access highway for through traffic. Except I wasn’t thinking of that for the beltline, I was thinking of that for Capital Blvd, from I-440 to at LEAST I-540. Maybe even out to Wake Forest. I was thinking “a la Austin” instead of San Antonio, though. But Texas definitely has some ideas we need to follow.

Also, a limited access highway through (or near) downtown.
[rfburns] - 01/18/10 - 10:10

TIME THE STOPLIGHTS!! The Gov’t is so for gas and energy conservation but yet they can’t spend the extra money to help us do it. An idling engine returns 0 mpg’s!
RescueRanger - 01/18/10 - 10:24

to heck with Williams St in Apex, finish the dang on Peakway

Remove all stop lights and create ramps from all cross streets on the 55 BYPASS in Fuquay/Holly Springs/Apex, it is a BYPASS btw!

make Ten Ten 4 lanes with a turn lane

Finish 540 all the way around, with either toll booths on it all, or on none.

Chapel Hill Rd / 54 to 4 lanes with a turn lane.
CFP 7021 - 01/18/10 - 11:16

Well…the Peakway would be good, if it was four lane all the way around Apex. But they STILL need to widen Williams St.

I like the idea of limited access road(s) downtown. Richmond has a couple and they help out.

And yes, I-540, finish. And toll-it all the way or none of the way. And if tolling it gets it built, so be it. We’ll adapt.

And while we are thinking about making Ten-Ten four lane, might as well do the same for Buffalo, Leesville, and ?.

And we need another route from and to Holly Rock other than Holly Springs Rd. Unless of course, we make it four lane from Tryon all the way.
DJ - 01/18/10 - 13:55

And people say it doesn’t exist anymore….
Silver - 01/18/10 - 14:55

I agree with all of the above and lets add a few more since it is magic… ;-)

US 64 from US 1 in Cary to the county line, limited access and access roads on each side.
Davis Drive from US 64 to Cary widened with turn lanes and a clover leaf at the Salem Street, US 64 interchange.
Morrisville-Carpenter road to three lanes in each direction and a turn lane from NC 55 through downtown Morrisville and out Aviation Parkway to the airport.
Airport Blvd to three lanes in each direction with a turn lane.
Complete McCrimmon Parkway from Airport Blvd out to Yates Store Road.
Carpenter Fire Station Road from Morrisville Carpenter Road to Yates Store Road.
401 south to Ten Ten Rd to four lanes each direction, and drop to three from Ten Ten to Fuquay-Varina.
Holly Springs Road to three lanes in each direction from Holly Springs to Tryon Road.

Just to name a few…
Donaldson - 01/18/10 - 19:49

If you guys are wondering what road projects are funded for the next 10 years in Wake County, take a look at this link: https://apps.dot.state.nc.us/projects/Search/SearchResults.aspx?SearchText=Wake+County
Jason - 03/02/11 - 11:21

Easier and cheaper than fixing traffic. Move all the Yankees back home. JK Silver
Scooter - 03/02/11 - 12:23

See my comments above from 1/18/10!!! Hahahaha….plus, I have more years here, and can remember the good ol’ days of a two lane Highway 64 in Cary/Apex and US 1 when it was two lanes!! Man, the head-ons we used to have down towards the New Hill exit.

Since we revived this thread, I’d say my most hated street in Raleigh is Crapital Blvd. Elevate two lanes for thru-trafic, like DJ recommended above for the Beltline.
Silver - 03/02/11 - 12:49

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