The Roads of Fuquay-Varina

        The town of Fuquay-Varina consists of a few main roads including Broad Street, US 401, Judd Parkway, Academy Street, and NC 55. As Fuquay-Varina is a small town located within a 30 mile radius of a few major cities such as Raleigh, Durham, and Fayetteville. There are a lot of people living in Fuquay-Varina that have occupations in a larger city such as the aforementioned cities for reasons of a lower priced housing market and a smaller town life. Therefore, highways such as US 401 and NC 55 are important to the development of Fuquay-Varina. Broad Street was one of the first major roads in Fuquay-Varina and has been an icon of Fuquay-Varina ever since Fuquay-Varina was established in 1909. Fuquay-Varina consists of two towns combined into one, Fuquay and Varina. Broad Street was the dividing line of these two towns originally.

            As Fuquay-Varina is a quickly growing and developing town new roads have been built such as Judd Parkway and new roads are planning to be built to open up easier commutes to larger cities such as I-540. Judd Parkway gives an alternate, faster route to N. Main Street/US 401 instead of taking the downtown route using Broad Street. Plans have been put in place for the building of I-540 linking Fuquay-Varina to the municipalities of Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Morrisville, Knightdale, Garner, Clayton and Holly Springs.

            The development of these roads greatly impacts and improves businesses and traffic flow. For instance, since Judd Parkway’s northern extension opened from the Walmart to Wilbon Road and NC 55, traffic flow in the mornings, which includes Fuquay-Varina High School traffic as well as commuter traffic headed to the Research Triangle Park, Holly Springs, Durham, and Cary via NC 55 and other roads such as US 1 and US 64. This is much easier for residents of south Fuquay-Varina and even neighboring Harnett County.

            Businesses both lose and gain business with the addition of newer roads. The I-540 extension north of Fuquay will undoubtedly bring more business near the intersections of 540 and Fayetteville Road (US 401), Main Street (NC 55), and more. Businesses in inner Fuquay could see either a boom or more people stay away from the town due to the greater bypasses near here. But traffic headed to Fayetteville and other points south will still stop through the town. However, the town could be further negatively impacted by the creation of the Western and Eastern Parkways which will turn US 401, NC 55, and NC 42 into multi-lane expressways going around the south end of the city. This is to optimize a shorter drive between Raleigh and Fayetteville and other points, but it will also cut down on businesses in downtown Fuquay-Varina.