Residents unhappy with Highway 98 construction

May 3, 2008 7:24:57 AM PDT
It's a road that's been a long time coming in Wake County, but now that construction is underway on the new Highway 98 Bypass, neighbors say it's not what they expected.

Subdivisions that already existed or were on the books in the mid 90s when the road was approved are being promised some type of sound barriers.

But new houses aren't so some back right up to the soon-to-be 4-lane highway with only a few small trees in between.

Lonor Ziff and her husband retired to their what used to be quiet Wakefield home.

Now the Ziff's and their neighbors watch as their backyards disappear. Thier yards are being replaced by a 4-lane highway. It's the last of a three section bypass around Wake Forest.

The Ziffs say they were told there would be a road, but they were told not to worry because there would be plenty of woods.

That's obviously not the case. You can see the trees are cleared and a busy bypass is on its way.

The Ziffs say they would not have purchased the lot if they knew a highways was going to be built.

In Crenshaw Manor, Tony Zoppo's homec backs up to the new Highway 98. He's in the same boat as the Ziffs.

"We were aware there was going to be a road, not aware that it was coming so close," Zoppo said.

Residents admit this is the price you pay for progress. They just want what is fair and to be protected from noise and air pollution.

"There have been some questions raised about why certain subdivisions have received certain noise abatement and others haven't," Boyd Tharrington of the DOT said. "Our general response has been the public record for this was established in 1996. Developments that have taken place after that date don't get consideration for noise abatement."

As you can probably imagine that is a response stirring a lot of controversy in the community. DOT officials say they will landscape the highway for home owners who live by the bypass.


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