NCDOT to reveal its final plans for overhauling US 64 in Cary and Apex on Tuesday

NCDOT’s US 64 Improvement Project

NCDOT plans to upgrade the U.S. 64 corridor between Laura Duncan Road on Apex and U.S. 1 in Cary.
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NCDOT plans to upgrade the U.S. 64 corridor between Laura Duncan Road on Apex and U.S. 1 in Cary.

The public will get to see the state’s final plans for widening U.S. 64 through Cary and Apex on Tuesday, even though it’s not clear when the construction work will take place.

The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to widen U.S. 64 to six lanes from U.S. 1 in Cary to near N.C. 55 in Apex. It would also reduce the number of stop lights, in part by turning the intersections at Edinburgh Drive, Lake Pine Drive and Laura Duncan Road into interchanges with ramps and bridges.

NCDOT presented preliminary plans to the public last June and gathered feedback at public meetings, including one this winter focused on a planned underpass for Shepherds Vineyard Drive. Now the department is ready to see what the public thinks about its final plans at a meeting May 14.

There are some noticeable changes from the earlier designs. They include a new road from Laura Duncan Drive into the Costco shopping center, which will lose direct access to U.S. 64 when it is turned into a freeway. The new road, running between the BP gas station and Infinity of Apex, will only be used for right turns on and off Laura Duncan; shoppers wishing to go left onto or from Laura Duncan would need to use Pine Plaza Drive.

Construction on the $113.8 million project is now scheduled to begin in 2022. But proposed changes to the state’s 10-year transportation plan would push the start date back to 2024. The state Board of Transportation is expected to approve the 10-year plan and the new schedule this summer.

The meeting is 4 to 7 p.m. at Summit Church at 3000 Lufkin Road in Apex.

For more information, go to www.ncdot.gov/projects/us-64-apex-cary/.

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