Archive for the ‘Renaissance Park’ Category

Two Milestones for Tryon Road at City Council

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Tryon Road (SR 1009), between Lake Wheeler Road and US 70-401, is in desperate need of repair, widening, and realignment, to better serve the south west Raleigh community. In 2010 several groups in south west Raleigh have worked diligently in advocating for road updates, improvements and ultimately the realignment of Tryon Road and the replacement of Bridge 259. Advocates have been in front of the city council numerous times and several councilors and city staff have supported our efforts with a tremendous response to the needs in our community.

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

The next City Council meeting planned for January 4, 2011 contains (more…)

NBC17 Highlights Tryon Road Woes

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

“The bridge is the linchpin to this whole discussion and the ball’s really in DOTs court right now,” said Eric J. Lamb, PE, Transportation Services Division Manager for the City of Raleigh Public Works Department in an interview with Charlotte Huffman, NBC17. I mentioned this in my previous post on the Tryon Road expansion project:

“One of my biggest concerns is the orchestration for the Tryon Road project, including the bridge replacement, between all three organizations. [City of Raleigh, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), and North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT)]” – Tryon Road Falls Short in NCDOT Draft Transportation Plan

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

At last weeks Public Works committee meeting (Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at 5pm), Raleigh City Councilors Stephenson and Gaylord listened to (more…)

PROP Training for Landlords, Real Estate Agents set for October

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Landlords, real estate agents, and property managers in the Lineberry area should take advantage of this training to educate themselves on how the PROP can impact their ability to rent their property and how to help draft an effective lease to attract good renters and enforce the quality of life issues that often deteriorate our neighborhoods.


Registration is open to enroll in the City of Raleigh’s Landlord Training Program, a one-day course for rental property owners and managers, real estate agents, lawyers and others who deal with rental issues. The last training program for 2010 is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Housing Authority’s multi-purpose community room, located at 971 Harp St.

To register in advance, mail in the completed registration form (more…)

Tryon Road Falls Short in NCDOT Draft Transportation Plan

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I previously posted about the Tryon Road, Part C project being included in the City of Raleigh’s 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). But there were lots of questions about what that really means. Is there really money set aside or is it just a placeholder? I did some research and got input from all the players involved in the final phase of the Tryon Road project in South West Raleigh: City of Raleigh, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), and North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT).

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

One of my biggest concerns is (more…)

The Garner Death Curve II – 56 Crashes over 5 years

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

One might think it’s simple to get an old bridge replaced and a road widened, bringing it up to par with the rest of Tryon road just to the west. But nothing is easy in South West Raleigh. Neglected for our brethren to the North and downtown, from goat trails on Lake Wheeler Road to abandoned infrastructure at Renaissance Park, our roadway priorities our toyed with on a long list of projects that are years away from completion. But some of the folks are working diligently in the community to bring awareness about the lack of coordination and funding to complete Tryon Road.

We have this 17 page accident report to share. It tells the story of 56 crashes, 1 fatal, from 06/01/2004 to 06/01/2009. The report is on Tryon Road [State Road (SR) 1370] between Fairway Drive & Junction Blvd. (more…)

Update 1: No Funding for Tryon Road Bridge

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

UPDATE March 9, 2010

Please see the following update provided by Ed Johnson, CAMPO, in response to No Funding for Tryon Road Bridge, which has some important information not captured in the original post. We want to make sure that you have all the facts and this is vital to making sure we have posted accurate information. Thank you Ed for making sure we have the most complete information that we can about this project.

Your very good report has one factual error. It was NCDOT’s decision not to include subregional tier projects in this first round of prioritizations, not CAMPO’s. This was purportedly due to concerns about data adequacy, but lack of time and resouces probably figured in as well.

No Funding for Tryon Road Bridge

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

UPDATE: See important follow-up information from CAMPO posted on March 9, 2010.

The Tryon Road project, also known as U-4432, is not funded for construction in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) current 5-year work program [138 page PDF]. This could spell trouble for the commercial and mixed use part of the Renaissance Park development as well as the widening (Part C) and realignment of Tryon Road from Lake Wheeler Road to South Wilmington Street. Finishing the Tryon Road expansion project from Cary, NC to Garner, NC would complete a major artery between Raleigh, Cary, and Garner and reduce the amount of congestion along this corridor.

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

It’s not like we’ll need the estimated $300,000,000.00 to replace the Oregon Inlet bridge (I’m a Dare County boy so I can say that), but we need more than zero. And I think we need it faster than five years from now. Maybe we could borrow a few pylons?

Representative Ross, Guidance on Tryon Road

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Last week, Renaissance Park resident, Anthony McLeod and I headed down to the North Carolina Legislature to meet with our House Representative, Deborah Ross. I’ve known Representative Ross for many years and had her guidance when I was working to get Lineberry Drive paved. She is a positive voice for her constituents and helpful legislature when you need advice.

Anthony and I meet with Representative Ross on the morning of February 15, 2010 regarding the Tryon Road realignment project (sign the petition at (more…)

The Garner Death Curve

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

If you travel on Tryon Road between Raleigh’s Lake Wheeler Road and US 70-401 then you know what the Garner death curve is. At least, that’s what I call it. As you approach the two-lane, Norfolk-Southern Railroad bridge from either direction, your hands tend to migrate towards the 10 and 2 position on your steering wheel. You might even tense up a bit. This is the Garner death curve.

Tryon Road / Norfolk Southern Rail, Raleigh, NC (Google Maps)

Tryon Road / Norfolk Southern Rail, Raleigh, NC (Google Maps)

Why is this section of Tryon Road being neglected? The parts from Cary, NC to Lake Wheeler Road are mostly complete and practically done. Four glorious lanes of asphalt with a median. We might even get to participate in choosing some of the landscape for that median. Update 2/10/10 see comments for corrections from Eric Lamb, City of Raleigh.

Last December, a group of citizens started brainstorming on how South West Raleigh could get some attention to this forgotten part of Tryon Road. A group of neighbors from Renaissance Park are leading the effort to widen Tryon Road and complete the realignment project. You should sign their online petition if you haven’t already: (more…)

History: Raleigh Municipal Airport

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The new planned community of Renaissance Park that is rising in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of South Wilmington Street and Tryon Road is located on the site of the Raleigh Municipal Airport that served this area during the early decades of the airline industry. Dedicated in 1929, only 26 years after Wilber and Orville Wright’s historic flight on the North Carolina Outer Banks, the Raleigh Municipal Airport represented the area’s leap into the future of 20th– century transportation that was lauded by such local notables as Raleigh News and Observer publisher Josephus Daniels and the then Secretary of State, Thad Eure, as well as the nationally- renowned World War 1 Flying Ace, Eddie Rickenbacker who was also the owner of Eastern Airlines. But perhaps the most intriguing personality to attend the Raleigh Airport dedication was Amelia Earhart, the female flyer who captured the imagination of a generation, and who inspired other young women to move into occupations that were heretofore closed to them.

The 1929 dedication of Raleigh Municipal Airport (Paul Freeman, NC Division of Archives & History)

The 1929 dedication of Raleigh Municipal Airport (Paul Freeman, NC Division of Archives & History)