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Old 08-26-2007, 09:59 PM
 
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I noticed this evening that the traffic light recently installed at Falls of Neuse and Dunn Road (At the entrance of the Bedford) is operational. This should definitely ease making left hand turns on to Falls of The Neuse road in the during the morning Rush.

I must admit I am a bit concerned about the affect this light will have on the traffic travelling South of Falls of Neuse from the Wakefield area.

(Props to Mike J for alerting us to the fact that the light was initially installed a couple of weeks back!)
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Thanks for the heads up!

I really hate to complain (esp. at this early hour) but I have to state that it is already backing up traffic on Falls! I went through around 6:40am and almost every car 'brake-tapped' causing a chain reaction slowdown backing up traffic all the way back to the fire station. Thankfully it stayed green for a long time - much longer than the Wakefield/Falls stoplight.

For safety's sake I'm thankful there is a stoplight, but for my commute it's going to lengthen my time in the car I hate the idea of needing to leave earlier than 6:30am, it's just not right!
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:11 AM
 
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i know its a long way off but at least the road will be widening some time in the future. That should help, right? Luckily I dont go that way. I work from home.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:39 AM
 
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How is this working out after a few days? Is the left turn exit from Bedford Falls easier?
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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Unhappy Falls of Neuse light

I am extremely dissapointed that our city officials did not study this longer. My 20 min commute heading south bound on Falls of Neuse just to Litchford area now takes 45 minutes. I have tried serveral different routes and at different times with no luck. I am soo glad that a few extremely wealthy people in Bedford can now get out easier why the rest of us spend 38 min. tredging 4-6 miles (I don't see any stop lights in front of the poorer neighborhoods or apartments). They could have simply put a wider median multi-turn lane in but I guess when you have money backing you up you get what you want. We just need the really rich people who live in those huge houses on the golf courses of Wakefiled to complain then maybe something will be done about this huge mistake!!!!!!! I guess I should look for a job in Apex the commute would probably be the same time frame.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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I am extremely dissapointed that our city officials did not study this longer. My 20 min commute heading south bound on Falls of Neuse just to Litchford area now takes 45 minutes. I have tried serveral different routes and at different times with no luck. I am soo glad that a few extremely wealthy people in Bedford can now get out easier why the rest of us spend 38 min. tredging 4-6 miles (I don't see any stop lights in front of the poorer neighborhoods or apartments). They could have simply put a wider median multi-turn lane in but I guess when you have money backing you up you get what you want. We just need the really rich people who live in those huge houses on the golf courses of Wakefiled to complain then maybe something will be done about this huge mistake!!!!!!! I guess I should look for a job in Apex the commute would probably be the same time frame.
I was afraid that the light would cause more traffic problems for people travelling southbound on Falls. Based on your post I guess it does . I guess I would be annoyed to if I were you. I don't really understand your comment though about how the light could have been avoided if they "simply put a wider median multi-turn lane". That would not do anything to improve the ability to turn left onto Falls of Neuse Road from Dunn Road (Which I beleive was the point of putting the traffic light there in the first place).

Having the Traffic Light there does greatly improve getting out of Bedford in the Morning onto Falls of Neuse but it does not do anything to improve the bumper to bumper traffic going North on Falls after 5pm. That will only improve, if ever, after they widen the road in 4-5 years.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:20 PM
 
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People coming out of Bedford could turn left into a middle lane (multidirectional turn lane) and then merge into traffic heading south bound. There is hardly any traffic going North bound in AM. It would take patience on the part of Bedford residence. But why should the majority suffer so 4-5 cars can get out of Bedfored every 1 min ?
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:24 PM
 
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I've lived in Atlanta GA and northern VA where traffic was bad as well but at least there, They had alternatives like light rail and tram systems. I moved to Wake Forest and the raleigh area to try to get away from the conjestion--but I guess it is everywhere now.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:35 PM
 
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People coming out of Bedford could turn left into a middle lane (multidirectional turn lane) and then merge into traffic heading south bound. There is hardly any traffic going North bound in AM. It would take patience on the part of Bedford residence. But why should the majority suffer so 4-5 cars can get out of Bedfored every 1 min ?
Ok, I see what you mean. I really don't think that could work in that location though. The traffic coming down Falls is like a congo line. I can't see southbound traffic letting people from a (Multidirectional turn lane) merge into the flow of traffic any more than I can see them coming to a stop (without the use of a traffic light) to let a few cars turn left out of Bedford onto Falls.

I do agree with you though that the only people who really benefit from this light are the people who live in or around Bedford (I am right next to it) and it comes at the expense of everybody heading down from Wakefield Plantation and Wakeforest. It is a bit of a planning nightmare and I feat it will just get worse a few years from now when they close down the old bridge and start the widening project.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:48 PM
 
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Ok, I see what you mean. I really don't think that could work in that location though. The traffic coming down Falls is like a congo line. I can't see southbound traffic letting people from a (Multidirectional turn lane) merge into the flow of traffic any more than I can see them coming to a stop (without the use of a traffic light) to let a few cars turn left out of Bedford onto Falls.

I do agree with you though that the only people who really benefit from this light are the people who live in or around Bedford (I am right next to it) and it comes at the expense of everybody heading down from Wakefield Plantation and Wakeforest. It is a bit of a planning nightmare and I feat it will just get worse a few years from now when they close down the old bridge and start the widening project.
The people they are not colliding with when desperately trying to cut into the traffic on Falls/Neuse are also benefitting, if only passively...
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