Friday, May 06, 2016 08:00 AM


A proposed downtown Cary road project would improve access and mobility in the coming years as more development comes to the area – if the town can find more than $33 million needed to pay for it.

The Walker Street Road extension would extend Walker Street about 1,200 feet north from Cedar Street to Chapel Hill Road. The road would pass under the railroad tracks via a tunnel, and a roundabout would connect Walker Street to Wilkinson Avenue and East Durham Road.

Town council members discussed the project Thursday, April 28, and instructed town staff to apply for $22.5 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) federal grant funds.

“Basically, this project is almost cost prohibitive unless we get federal assistance,” Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said.

The TIGER grant, which was created in 2009 by the federal government, is an extremely competitive grant that Cary has applied for five times to receive funding for the Walker Street extension, said Lori Cove, the town’s director of transportation and facilities.

The town has been looking for funding for the Walker Street extension for many years. Project design began in 2007.

“It is a very challenging project, particularly with all the issues associated with a grade separation and the ...

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