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Old 10-20-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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I see that the roadworks for the 'at grade' railroad crossing associated with the Morrisville Parkway extension have concrete traffic islands that mean in future it will not be possible to go directly down Carpenter Upchurch Road when going to / from Morrisville Carpenter and High House. The way the road has been set up takes you onto Morrisville Parkway so either a U-turn required on go via Louis Stephens. Must be a nuisance for people driving to Green Hope High School.

Anyone know why this is? seems rather unnecessary to me but I'm sure there must be a good reason for this setup. It can hardly be the number of trains on the line to Apex as thats about 3 a week.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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Do you mean going southbound on Carpenter Upchurch if you are coming from Morrisville Carpenter? I haven't checked it out in over a week or so.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I think I need a diagram.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:27 AM
 
Location: NW Cary
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I sent an email inquiry to the Proj. Mgr @ TOC on this.

When I get a reply I will post it here. I emailed him last week to inquire when the road would open, as it has been delayed from the original date. I was told they are hoping by the end of this month.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: NW Cary
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Email reply from Project Mgr. @ TOC
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:48 AM
Subject: RE: Intersection Information

Effective in November, drivers will be able to access NC 55 and Louis Stephens Drive via Morrisville Parkway thanks to a fully functional at-grade railroad crossing. With this opening, a new traffic pattern will permit a right-in, right-out only option for drivers on Carpenter Upchurch Road approaching Morrisville Parkway. Drivers should note the new traffic pattern designed to facilitate better traffic flow near the railroad tracks. Eastbound drivers on Morrisville Parkway will be able to turn left or right onto Carpenter Upchurch Road; westbound drivers on Morrisville Parkway will be restricted to a right turn only option at Carpenter Upchurch Road. The remaining extension project from Davis Drive to Louis Stephens Drive is set to be completed by Winter 2010. Learn more about the infrastructure project at Morrisville Parkway Extension at www.townofcary.org.
Have a great day,

Eric W. Simpson, P.E.
Town of Cary - Traffic and Transportation Engineering Group
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:04 AM
 
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Thanks for posting the email which basically confirms that you cannot drive from Morrisville Carpenter to High House anymore along Carpenter Upchurch Road. I wonder why they designed the interchange of CF and MP so complex? Surely a set of traffic lights would have made it easier and eliminated the need for a one mile detour around Louis Stephens . As I said in the orginal post it's not as if there are that many trains that use the rail tracks so that can't be the reason.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Any traffic engineer can tell you that traffic lights on both side of railway crossing is disaster waiting to happen. Wasn't there a train accident on McCrimmon just recently. What DOT is doing is essentially closing the carpenter side of Jenks-Carpenter road for commuters and starting to isolate Carpenter historic area. North-south commuter traffic will use Rt55 or Louis Stephens instead of jenks carpenter. Which if you think about it makes more sense. I used 55-MC-jenks carpenter to get to stone creek all the time. I will use 55-MorrisvillePkwy-Jenks carpenter.

I can't wait to see CFS widened and Morrisville parkway reach GLC road
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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The railroad line that runs parallel to NC 55 has a 10 mph speed limit and hosts only one freight train a day in each direction.

The railroad line that runs parallel to NC 54 between Durham and Cary has a 79 mph speed limit and hosts three passenger trains and two to four freight trains a day in each direction.

I can see careful design for the latter, but not for the former.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: NW Cary
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Default News Alert from TOC: Morrisville Parkway Extension due to open

Town of Cary Opens Portion of Morrisville Parkway Extension Project


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2010
Town of Cary Opens Portion of Morrisville Parkway Extension Project At-grade Rail Crossing Connects NC 55 and Louis Stephens Drive

Effective November 9th, motorists will be able to access N.C. 55 and Louis Stephens Drive via Morrisville Parkway thanks to a fully functional at-grade railroad crossing. Drivers should note the new traffic pattern is designed to facilitate better traffic flow near the railroad tracks. With this opening, a new traffic pattern will permit a right-in, right-out only option for drivers on Carpenter Upchurch Road approaching Morrisville Parkway. Westbound drivers on Morrisville Parkway will be able to turn left or right onto Carpenter Upchurch Road; eastbound drivers on Morrisville Parkway will be restricted to a right turn only option at Carpenter Upchurch Road. In addition, a signal activated to flash on November 2 at N.C. 55 and Morrisville Parkway will go into full operation after the morning commute on November 9. The entire extension project from Davis Drive to NC 55 is set to be completed by Winter 2010. Learn more about the infrastructure project at Morrisville Parkway Extension at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4030.
View a map of roads in Cary by ownership, and for real-time traffic updates, visit wink.townofcary.org and follow the Town of Cary on Twitter @TOC_Traffic.
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