Watch for traffic delays on West Holly Springs Road over the coming weeks related to median extension between Tullich Way and Blalock Street.
The new median will have breaks at both streets, so access will not change at the Tullich Way or Blalock Street intersections of West Holly Springs Road. Drivers still can turn left or right, in or out, at both intersections. See map.
However, the median extension will mean right turns only at the Douglas and Burt street intersections of West Holly Springs Road. So drivers headed to either Burt Street or Douglas Street from downtown should turn left onto Blalock or use Earp Street.
The purposes of the new median are to maintain safety and traffic flow as West Holly Springs Road transitions to a four-lane roadway. As traffic volumes increase, the hazard from an unprotected left-turn across two lanes of traffic also will increase.
West Holly Springs Road is a state-maintained road under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Department of Transportation. The Town’s long-range transportation plan has shown it as a four-lane, median-divided roadway since 2004.
The new medians are being installed as part of required road widening for subdivision construction on the north side of West Holly Springs Road. To reduce the cost to taxpayers, the Town requires developers to pay for road improvements along their property.
Widening of West Holly Springs Road from N.C. 55 to Main Street is among the projects that were proposed for a $40 million transportation bond that Town voters authorized in November 2018. Even with the developer-funded portions, however, widening West Holly Springs Road remains such a large project that the town is seeking a funding partnership with NCDOT.