Five Cary intersections set for upgrades

aspecht@newsobserver.comJanuary 2, 2014 

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    The town of Cary will host a public workshop on proposed improvements for five intersections from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave.

— Town leaders want to hear from residents about plans to upgrade five busy intersections.

Cary voters in 2012 approved an $80 million bond issue to fund road improvements, among other projects. After studying 16 high-traffic intersections in town, Cary plans to spend $3 million on improvements in the following areas:

• Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway

• Cary Parkway and Evans Road

• NW Maynard Road and Chapel Hill Road

• NW Maynard Road and High House Road

• Cary Parkway near the U.S. 1/U.S. 64 ramps

The town has scheduled a public information workshop from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Herb Young Community Center to gather feedback.

Input collected at the workshop will be used to help shape the project, said Jerry Jensen, a manager in Cary’s engineering department.

The intersection at Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway might need the most work.

Intersections with ideal traffic flow delay drivers up to 10 seconds, Jensen said. The average delay at Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway is about 126 seconds.

Under a proposal, Cary would add a right-turn lane and a new sidewalk to the northwest side of Kildaire Farm Road; add a left-turn lane to Cary Parkway on each side of Kildaire Farm Road; and add a right-turn lane to the west side of Cary Parkway.

To make way for these changes, 20 ornamental trees may need to be removed from the median on Cary Parkway, Jensen said.

The upgrades could reduce traffic delays at the intersection to about 88 seconds per vehicle, he said.

The town would like to reduce the delay to below 35 seconds, but that would require additional through-lanes on each road, which are much more costly.

At the intersection of Cary Parkway and Evans Road, the town hopes to add a right-turn lane and sidewalk on the northwest side of Evans Road and add a left-turn lane on the eastern side of Cary Parkway.

At NW Maynard Road and Chapel Hill Road, the town wants to resurface Chapel Hill Road on the east wide of Maynard Road so that it can reconfigure the traffic pattern to add a left-turn lane.

At NW Maynard Road and High House Road, Cary wants to add a right-turn lane on Maynard east of High House.

Cary also wants to resurface and widen Cary Parkway as it curls westward to the U.S. 1 and U.S. 64 ramps.

The town hopes to complete design work for the five projects by next fall and to start construction in spring 2015. The projects could be completed by the end of 2015.

 

Specht: 919-460-2608; Twitter: @AndySpecht

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