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Posted on: March 11, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Changes to N.C. 55 Fully Functional Near New Shopping Center

Redesigned intersections on N.C. 55 near Holly Springs Towne Center are fully functional. Meanwhile, stores including Target and Dick's Sporting Goods have opened at the new shopping center.

Motorists on N.C. 55 can now turn left onto New Hill Road, West Holly Springs Road, Green Oaks Parkway and Ballentine Street. But all traffic on those side streets must continue turning right and shifting into U-turn lanes as needed.

The resumption of left turns from N.C. 55 should lessen traffic in the recently-installed U-turn lanes, which are a central feature of the new "superstreet" design on a portion of N.C. 55.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has approved the superstreet design to accommodate traffic from Holly Springs Towne Center, which began opening the first week of March.

During the first half of March, the state Department of Transportation will continue fine-tuning traffic signals to maximize smooth traffic flow. Motorists can help by sending feedback through the Town Engineering Department at superstreets@hollyspringsnc.us.

Additional paving and landscaping plus permanent pavement striping will occur in April when the weather is warmer.

In addition to Target, the first phase of Holly Springs Towne Center will include Marshalls, Petco, Michaels, Pier 1 Imports, Ulta, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Children’s Place, Kay Jewelers, Charming Charlie, Massage Envy, and Mattress Firm.

Restaurants and other food establishments will include Olive Garden Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Zaxby’s, and Starbucks. A movie theater and bowling alley are in phase II.

Changes at the New Hill Road / West Holly Springs Road and Green Oaks Parkway / Ballentine Street intersections were expected to occur Dec. 20. But the state Department of Transportation decided to postpone the switch until more U-turn lanes were ready rather than phase them in over several weeks.

The shopping center developer is paying for N.C. 55 changes in the vicinity of the Ballentine Street / Green Oaks Parkway and West Holly Springs Road / New Hill Road intersections. The so-called “superstreet” design for N.C. 55 dates to at least 2008, when plans for the shopping center were approved.

Use of the relatively new superstreet design is growing in the Triangle and elsewhere as a way to keep traffic flowing on major roads where congestion is increasing substantially.

“We understand that it will take time for motorists to grow accustomed to these changes,” said Stephanie Sudano, the Town’s director of Engineering. “We are working with DOT and with the shopping center developer to make the switch go as smoothly as possible and minimize inconvenience to motorists.”

The Town’s N.C. 55 Superstreets page includes weekly construction updates. Learn more about superstreets and the design for N.C. 55 through a brochure, maps, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Residents can e-mail superstreets@hollyspringsnc.us with questions or concerns.

NC DOT explains superstreets
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