Overnight road work along N.C. 55 should cease by the end of October, weather permitting, as crews reconfigure intersections to handle traffic from the Target-anchored shopping center under construction.
Meanwhile, Holly Springs Towne Center is on schedule to open next March. The shell for Target is complete, and the base layer of asphalt for the parking lot is down. Walls for junior anchors Marshalls, Michaels, Petco and Dick’s Sporting Goods will go up during the first half of October.
To keep N.C. 55 flowing after the center opens, the state Department of Transportation is requiring changes at the highway’s intersections with New Hill Road / West Holly Springs Road and Green Oaks Parkway / Ballentine Street.
To minimize the time spent stopped for traffic lights, the new “superstreet” design will prevent cross street traffic from turning left onto N.C. 55 or passing all the way across. Instead, drivers at those intersections will turn right and can use a signalized U-turn lane to go in the other direction.
The developer of Holly Springs Towne Center is responsible for the road work.
To keep drivers as well as nearby residents and business owners informed, the Town posts construction updates online each Friday. For construction scheduling and more information on superstreets, see the Superstreets page in the Engineering Department section of www.hollyspringsnc.us.
Much of the road construction is occurring at night for safety and to avoid disruption during rush hours and other times when traffic is heaviest. Some nearby homeowners have complained about late-night noise. So the Town is working with the developer to lessen the effects of night-time work.
“We recognize this could be an inconvenience to the traveling public as well as to neighbors,” said Stephanie Sudano, the Town’s Engineering director.
If the weather holds, road crews intend to cease overnight operations by the end of October. After that, evening work will continue, but will wrap up by 11 p.m.
In the meantime, the Town has instructed the developer’s crews to minimize disruption to neighbors by conducting the noisiest operations during daytime and early evening as much as possible. Crews will shift nighttime work lights to face away from homes.
Completion of superstreet installation is expected by the end of this year.
In addition to the anchors, first phase tenants of Holly Springs Towne Center will include Pier 1 Imports, Ulta, Olive Garden restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Zaxby’s, Starbucks and Orange Leaf frozen yogurt. Announcements of other tenants are forthcoming.
The second phase will feature a Frank movie theatre and bowling alley and more than 165,000 square feet of retail space.
When both phases are complete, the shopping center will be the 10th largest in the Triangle.