|A bypass of US 421 around Sanford has been under construction for several years. US 421 currently goes through town, and anyone who has hit every light red can understand the need for this new road. A short section From Colon Road to Kelly Road has been open for over a year (Section C on map below). This section is in a quiet fairly remote area and hasn’t seen much traffic.
That will change in a few weeks when two additional sections of the bypass open. These sections will connect US 1 with NC 42 (sections B and D on the map below). These two sections will make access to US 1 from Broadway much easier. No doubt a lot of traffic will travel the couple of miles down NC 42 to miss the red lights on Horner Boulevard through downtown. Unfortunately, NC 42 is only 2 lanes, and this road will be overloaded until the final two sections (Sections A and E on the map below) are completed. The NCDOT has delayed the final two sections and they will not be finished for several years.
|You may wonder how this affects the real estate market in Sanford. The bypass will make some areas like Broadway and Carolina Trace easier commutes to Raleigh, Cary, and RTP. Some neighborhoods are very close to the bypass and will see increased noise from traffic. For neighborhoods adjacent to the sections under construction it is easy to see where the bypass is located.
For the two sections of the bypass not yet under construction, it is more difficult to determine how the bypass will affect individual neighborhoods. One tool that can help is the Lee County GIS system, which allows the future bypass to be placed on top of a current county map. I had a client who was looking for a quiet subdivision. I gave him a printout of the GIS map and he was surprised to learn that a subdivision which is currently very quiet will pass within a few hundred yards of the last section of the bypass.
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