For years the City has puzzled over the troublesome Crabtree Mall traffic conditions, one of the 5 busiest traffic corridors in all of Raleigh according to WRAL.com. Lead Mine Tower will add thousands of car trips daily to the problem.
STIP Project Number I-5870 would "address congestion and safety concerns at both the I-440/Glenwood Avenue interchange and the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Blue Ridge/Lead Mine roads" is presently suspended. Studies were also looking at ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections in the area and ways to address traffic operations in the Crabtree Valley Mall area. The estimated cost was $222,700,000 with no start or completion dates determined before suspending the project though it was originally expected for bids to go out in 2025 according to WRAL.com.
"DOT ENGINEERS ESTIMATE ABOUT ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND CARS DRIVE IN AND AROUND THE MALL EVERY DAY."
VISION FOR THE VALLEY
Crabtree Valley Transportation Study by
March 3, 2011
"Several opportunities were provided for public participation during the study. The public involvement process included surveys, presentations to three Raleigh Citizen Advisory Councils, two open house events, and an e-mail campaign to over 3,000 people on mailing list.
The overwhelming theme in the responses was traffic congestion and not being able to move through Glenwood Avenue intersections efficiently. Suggestions for improvements included synchronized signals and better access for transit, bicycle and pedestrian travel. The surveys provided a strong base for establishing public perception and justification for strategies to address congestion."
TRAFFIC CAPACITY ANALYSIS
Technical Memorandum by
"There are five intersections that have a movement that operates at LOS E or F in either of the peak periods." There are also intersections that are "not improved as part of I‐5870", including Lead Mine Road at North Hills Drive.