US 421 Bypass Sanford, NC

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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.

421 Bypass Under Construction
Sanford NC Map
Sanford NC 421 Bypass 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.

Visit my Sanford NC Homes website for more information about homes in Sanford, Lee County, or Harnett County in North Carolina.

Rita Taylor

Sanford NC Real Estate

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Comments (13)

Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Rita, it sounds like commuting in Sanford is just about to get a whole lot easier.  It is great that you are keeping your clients abreast of where the road is going; especially if they are looking for a quiet subdivision.

Sep 25, 2007 03:39 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Rita - It is always a pain when they are completeing the construction and  joy when it is complete. I hope this opens an avenue of new business for you.
Sep 25, 2007 04:18 PM
Thesa Chambers
West + Main - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Oh I feel for the drivers - we are undergoing a major intersection remodel and although it will be great the construction has been a pain for many - it will be worth it in the end though
Sep 25, 2007 06:30 PM
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA
Rita, New freeways always do affect the home prices in the surrounding area. Keep us updated with that please.
Sep 26, 2007 03:47 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Rita--New roads seem to take forever but once opened no one can imagine life without them. People in Sanford are going to appreciate the new bypass soon enough...Good information for Sanford residents!!
Sep 26, 2007 04:25 AM
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs
I know construction takes a while but when all said and done we do like the road and extra room.
Sep 26, 2007 05:48 AM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


That particular client wanted a quiet escape and decided to keep looking.  He was glad I researched it for him - he wasn't from the area and didn't know about it.


It should make more of our area an easy commute to Raleigh, Cary, and Research Triangle Park - I hope it helps some more people "discover" our area.


The sections that are about to open will be nice but the road on one end is only 2 lanes so it will be overloaded for a while.


We have already seen a slight affect in some adjacent neighborhoods.  Just one more thing to keep in mind when looking for a home.


I hate to see the trees cut down to build new roads but this one is really needed for our area.


This new road will make things easier for us in Sanford.  With all the growth in Raleigh I bet you need some more roads up that way too.


Sep 26, 2007 03:10 PM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Here in NW Indiana, we have 2 Seasons Winter AND Road Construction :)  LOL

Road changes do effect some subdivisions - great post Rita

Sep 28, 2007 04:58 AM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina

Jeff and Grace,

I guess winter gives you a break - with our mild winters it seems like there is road construction going on somewhere all the time!  Thanks for stopping by. 

Sep 28, 2007 02:45 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Rita- What a great description of the benefits of the new construction of roads in North Carolina. Katerina
Oct 01, 2007 03:53 PM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


Construction projects always have their pluses and minuses.  This bypass is sorely needed and will have a positive impact on some neighborhoods and a negative impact on others.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Oct 01, 2007 04:05 PM
Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
This is GREAT NEWS for anyone who has been sitting at "red lights" for years.  It will alleviate some of the congestion for those who won't be able to use the "new road" opening soon!
Oct 01, 2007 10:19 PM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


Some of our red lights feel like they take a year to sit through.   I just hope it takes the truck traffic off of the local roads.

Oct 02, 2007 03:35 PM