Traffic problems around Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall under study

July 16, 2013 3:31:27 PM PDT
Derek Tice gets off I440 at Glenwood Avenue for work.

"I've been in almost three accidents in the past month," he said.

And traffic is only going to increase.  There are several projects in the works right now that will add thousands of people to new apartments, offices, and shops in the area.

"It's a growing center for not just retail, but residential, and our goal is to make sure that it's functioning.  Something has to be done," said Raleigh City Planning Director Mitchell Silver.

Other options for the city include building a highway overpass or creating a road that connects I440 directly to the mall.  But the city says those road projects could cost up to $100 million.

So instead, the city is considering a short-term fix by limiting the number of retail stores.

"Rather than promoting more retail, that is the highest trip generating use, let's look at other highly desirable uses that will generate fewer trips," explained City Council member Russ Stephenson.

The city wants to hear from the public on the two options. A public hearing was set for City Hall at 6:30 Tuesday.

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