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Old 10-27-2015, 09:03 PM
 
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The lack of street lights is abominable.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Containment Area for Relocated Yankees
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The lack of street lights is abominable.
I've never noticed a lack of street lights. Enough people here have brought it up, that I'm sure its true, but having lived (and driven) in various states across the country, this area has never stood out to me as any different than others.

Now, the random left turn/right turn only lanes do annoy me.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:20 PM
 
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Keep in mind that many of the roads in areas of Wake County that are growing quickly are in various stages of development. Many roads that seem to randomly lose or gain lanes (Green Level Church Road is a prime example) were small two-lane roads until very recently. As developers build out new subdivisions, they are often required to expand portions of the roads around their development from two to four lanes. Because not all of the land along a particular road is being developed at the same time, you end up with sections of old, narrow two-lane roads opening up into wide two-lane or four-lane roads before dropping back down to the original road.

Its annoying, but it does help keep taxes down as the various municipalities/NCDOT are typically not paying for road expansion.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:26 PM
 
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I hate to be that guy, but go drive around Boston and its suburbs. Driving around here makes sense, and is an absolute treat in comparison. This is what happens when roads were built to be traveled by automobile, and not horse.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:30 PM
 
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I hate to be that guy, but go drive around Boston and its suburbs. Driving around here makes sense, and is an absolute treat in comparison. This is what happens when roads were built to be traveled by automobile, and not horse.
That's kind of what I was thinking. The roads here are significantly better than where I came from in Maine.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:43 PM
 
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Keep in mind that many of the roads in areas of Wake County that are growing quickly are in various stages of development. Many roads that seem to randomly lose or gain lanes (Green Level Church Road is a prime example) were small two-lane roads until very recently. As developers build out new subdivisions, they are often required to expand portions of the roads around their development from two to four lanes. Because not all of the land along a particular road is being developed at the same time, you end up with sections of old, narrow two-lane roads opening up into wide two-lane or four-lane roads before dropping back down to the original road.

Its annoying, but it does help keep taxes down as the various municipalities/NCDOT are typically not paying for road expansion.
The one that gets me every time is Aviation Pkwy. First the left lane becomes left turn only, then within 1/2 mile, the right lane becomes right turn only (or the other way around?). You'd think after 8 years, I'd remember, but it gets me every time.

And yeah - I didn't want to be "that guy" (or "that gal")...but go drive the Taconic State Parkway at night and then get back to me about the lack of lights around here...
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:14 PM
 
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Anyone complaining about the roads in NC needs to get out and travel more. NC has some of the best roads I've ever driven. There are some exceptions of course. Maybe I'm just used to it, but what is the big deal with street lights? I've never noticed this.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle, NC
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My only complaint about roads here (which I've mentioned before)? No reflective paint. I have the hardest time seeing the lane markings when I drive at night.

I'm from the same area as the OP (Newport News though) and was just home last weekend. Drove the main road through the city park and remarked to my wife, "now THIS is how roads should be marked!"
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Holy cow, maybe because I have lived in NC my whole life, but I despise driving in Hampton Roads. Lanes randomly add and drop on the x64 highways without much, if any, warning. The surface streets aren't bad, at least in Norfolk and Chesapeake, but the highways are just awful. We have a huge leg up on that.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:27 AM
 
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Note all roads are meant to be light up like the NYS.
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