Town officials are asking Wake County school officials to stagger orientation sessions in light of frustrating traffic jams that resulted Thursday evening from simultaneous sessions.
Traffic congestion was particularly bad on three major roads for which the state has maintenance responsibility – N.C. 55, Avent Ferry Road, and Holly Springs Road. All six public schools in Holly Springs are on or near those roads. A seventh is under construction on New Hill Road.
Meanwhile, efforts are under way to relieve rush hour congestion at the intersection of N.C. 55 and Avent Ferry Road, which was worsened Thursday evening as families headed to the three schools nearby.
Two long-planned projects are ready to go and are awaiting N.C. Department of Transportation authorization to seek construction bids.
Road building traditionally has been a state function. However, Holly Springs and other growing towns have assumed a greater role in recent years as transportation needs statewide have far outstripped the state’s ability to fund them.
Town officials have been working on the Avent Ferry congestion issue since 2007. However, the process for getting improvements on state roads is a lengthy one . It begins with convincing NCDOT of the need and includes environmental reviews, engineering studies, road design, and land acquisition.
Studies have shown that about 70 percent of workday traffic along N.C. Hwy. 55 and Avent Ferry Road originates from out of town.