Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Live local traffic cams

Check the nearby traffic before you head out. Live traffic cameras are available to help you steer through the maze on your way to work, shopping and other destinations.

Click for a map of cam locations. Click and drag the map once your are on it yo slide to different spots. Click on individual cam dots to see a current image of traffic. The cams are a product of your tax dollars. The Google map is featured in our local News and Observer interactive website.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Is the sky over NC 55 falling in Apex?

It's time for CSX to pony up and be a responsible citizen in Apex. A recent report on WRAL-TV news highlights the questionable condition of the aging railway bridge that is more than sixty five years old. CSX and the State DOT agency have both deferred replacement and repair of the bridge for years and continue to point a finger to the other side with regards to responsibility. Some 25,000 cars pass under the bridge each day on their way to outlying destinations and many notice gaping holes and exposed rebar in the sides and bottom of the bridge and worry that pieces of the bridge could fall on their car at any time.

Even though the DOT bridge inspectors claim to inspect the bridge every two years they do not go onto the property and conduct a structural examination of the bridge claiming that "would be trespassing" on CSX property. The inspections amount to only a mere cosmetic inspection and do not validate the structural integrity of the bridge.

As noted in the report, Tim Donnelly, Apex public works director noted in an internal memo, "The bridge negatively impacts our citizens and clearly the traffic flow and safety of N.C. 55." On any given day traffic is constantly backed up to the town corporate limits in both directions as a direct result of not replacing an unsafe, decaying and inadequate overhead bridge. Town officials and citizens have questioned reliability of the bridge for many years and pressed for the bridge to be made wider to accommodate the huge volume of vehicles passing under it to deaf ears on the part of CSX.

For as long as anyone can remember, the concrete bridge has been the worst bottleneck on NC 55 for commuters and locals and has been the one item blocking improvements in the road that could prevent most of the massive traffic backups through out each day. As the condition of the bridge continues to decline, drivers worry that it is only a matter of time before a chunk of concrete falls onto a windshield and causes a serious injury or a major accident.

What do you think about leaving an old bridge in place and allowing safety and traffic backups to continue unchecked? Shouldn't the bridge be moved to the top of the list for replacement?

Read the entire news report...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ducks in a row

"OK... line up so we can go over where the grass is greener..."

Queenie's Weenies

*** Update on Queenie's Weenies ***

As noted 11/18/09 by Darian, Queenie's Weenies has a new owner named Tricia Law, a new location at 201 Salem Street (in front of Peak City Pharmacy across from the Fire Station) and a new phone number: 919-614-0438! Still serving awesome dogs!

Original writeup...

Craving a good hot dog while near downtown Apex?

Check out Pam Oleszewski's Queenie's Weenies in Apex near Basket Tree Florist at 221 South Salem Street. Open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On fair-weather days, this eye-catching recent addition adds touch of character to the street and provides another choice for quick food in the downtown district. She also takes requests (telephone 919-334-8386) to work at special events.

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