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Posted on: October 21, 2014

[ARCHIVED] N.C. 55 / Avent Ferry Project Meeting Held Nov. 5

Learn details about an upcoming project to reduce congestion at N.C. 55 and Avent Ferry Road on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Holly Springs Cultural Center.

Drop in anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. See plans and speak with staff members from the town and the state Department of Transportation.

Construction is scheduled to begin next June on new lanes, medians and signal light timing at the intersection. The purpose is to speed left turns from Avent Ferry Road onto N.C. 55 toward Apex during the morning rush and to aid right turns back onto Avent Ferry in the evening.

The project will provide more green time for those left turns by eliminating some of the less popular turns and through-movements at the intersection. A new free flow lane will help right turns from 55 onto Avent Ferry Road.

Project completion is expected in November 2015.

N.C. 55 and Avent Ferry are part of the state’s road network. The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is responsible for maintenance of both roads and has authority over any changes to them.

For years, Town officials and staff have pressed the case with NCDOT for projects to relieve worsening congestion on Avent Ferry Road.

The Town secured $1 million in state funding for the intersection changes while committing approximately $600,000 in town funds to make the project “a go.”

To start sooner, the Town’s Engineering Department is handling administration of project design and construction. Ordinarily, NCDOT would do that.

“This is the Town’s top priority transportation project,” Town Engineering Director Stephanie Sudano has said. “As soon as funding for design and construction was secured, we moved forward on a very aggressive schedule.”

Meanwhile, the Town is working with NCDOT on other efforts to improve traffic flow in the vicinity.

Next February, construction is slated to begin on extension of Main Street southwestward to Piney Grove Wilbon Road by realigning and extending Ralph Stephens Road. The project is expected to significantly reduce left turns from Avent Ferry onto N.C. 55 by providing a new north-south connector for the area.

Holly Springs Cultural Center is at 300 W. Ballentine St., a block from Town Hall.

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