With Apple's recent announcement of some 3,000 jobs to Research Triangle Park, it begs the question if the Triangle's infrastructure can keep up with the current and projected growth.
DEJUAN HOGGARD: With Apple's arrival to the area within the next several years, coming with them will be traffic and likely a lot of it. This afternoon, we're taking a closer look at how our current infrastructure is set up to handle all of it once these new people come.
The NCDOT telling me of several major projects that are in the works that would have been close to completion or at least underway having already been delayed now by two to four years. Now, this decision was made back in October of last year due to budget constraints from the pandemic. Now, these projects are said to have a sizable impact on people who frequent RTP as well as residents living in the surrounding areas.
The NCDOT tells me they were aware of Apple's move to RTP ahead of Monday morning's announcement but have yet to commit to any specific infrastructure plans in response to Apple's move. One gentleman I spoke with who lives in Brier Creek has lived in this area for over 20 years. He's open to the idea of more people coming but recognizes there is transportation work needing to be done to support everyone who will be moving here.
- I welcome the new growth. But of course, being in North Carolina for a while, I am a little nostalgic. And I want to kind of keep it small. But as time progresses, we have to be prepared for that change. And I think this is the change that we need. I think this area is going to turn almost into, like, Charlotte.
DEJUAN HOGGARD: The 147, or the Durham Freeway, behind me here is one of the major projects that has since been delayed. Now, coming up at 6:00, we'll take a look at the other major projects and when they are set to resume construction. In RTP this afternoon, DuJuan Hoggard, ABC 11, Eyewitness News.