The Town of Fuquay-Varina is uniquely positioned in one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. The town's location along U.S. 401 means that it is a link between the metropolitan areas in Raleigh-Durham and Fayetteville. In addition to having almost 26,000 residents, thousands from the surrounding region travel through, shop and work in town every day of the week. The growth has placed a burden on our transportation network. As we have seen in the surrounding municipalities over the past 20 years, traffic and transportation improvements are an ever evolving tension between population growth which leads to increased traffic and the subsequent need for roadway improvement.
The steady and continuing growth that the town has experienced has led to exciting new additions for entertainment, dining, and shopping. However, it has also led to congestion and increased travel times at our busiest intersections and at peak times.
Transportation planning and construction is a complex arrangement that involves the Town, NCDOT, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Federal Highway Administration, and private developers (read about our Partners). All of these organizations are constantly evaluating transportation needs and mechanisms for improvement through long range planning and adoption of roadway plans.
Other than the taxes and fees paid by our citizens and developers, the Town does not receive any funding for road construction. This means that the Town has to be judicious with our efforts and we have to leverage our own funding with funding available from NCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.
Traffic Projects and Improvements
Alleviating traffic in Fuquay-Varina has become the top priority of our Board of Commissioners.
The Town is making significant progress on projects that will help alleviate traffic congestion including improvements to primary thoroughfares and intersections.
Finding solutions to increasing traffic congestion has been a priority. The Town Board formed a Traffic Committee in April 2015 and the group evaluated past planning efforts, present conditions, and future growth projections. A final Transportation Committee Report was made to the Town Board on January 4, 2016.
Pedestrian Mobility Improvements
The Town is not just focused on vehicular improvements but is actively pursuing improvements to pedestrian mobility and transit options. The Pedestrian Master Plan was adopted in 2014.The Town has recently used grants, developer partnerships and town funds to add to our sidewalk and greenway networks and improve pedestrian crossings at major intersections. In January 2015, Express Bus Service between Fuquay-Varina and Raleigh's Moore Square began with a free Park and Ride lot available at South Park and Food Lion at Hilltop Crossings.