Cary News: Opinion

Randy Wells: Gridlock in southern Wake County needs fixing

Gridlock in southern Wake County

I live north of Fuquay-Varina just off of Hilltop Needmore Road. Growth continues with two housing subdivisions, a school and other developments underway or planned. They are off of Hilltop Needmore.

My daily commute to N.C. State is a challenge, to say the least. If I am anywhere near the peak commuting window, I can expect huge delays, whether I travel on Lake Wheeler Road or choose to maneuver other secondary roads to Raleigh. Recently, as I headed north on Lake Wheeler Road, the backup from the traffic light at Yates Mill was nearly a mile in length.

This situation is because many vehicles turn onto Penny Road without the benefit of a turn arrow or turn lane. This being said, no changes in road infrastructure have occurred. I guess the planned southern extension of I-540, which we will pay a toll to use, will be the panacea that we all look toward. Usage of the yet-built highway will be spotty at best, due to the unfairness of the southern Wake toll.

Development without infrastructure modernization is causing gridlock. A southern part of Wake County exists. Where is our county leadership?

Randy Wells, Fuquay-Varina