- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Transportation department engineers have come up with a proposal to help deal with traffic problems at the North Carolina Zoo near Asheboro.

Officials on Monday announced plans for a connector road that they say will help reduce traffic jams at the zoo, The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/1yAi4Q9 ) reported. The project is to be put out to bid in May, with the contract expected to be awarded in June. .

The plan calls for a new road to run between the zoo and the planned U.S. 64 Bypass south of Asheboro. It would take most traffic off a winding two-lane road that has dozens of houses.

N.C. 159 is overwhelmed on the zoo’s busiest days, especially in the evening when thousands of vehicles try to leave the park at the same time.

There are signs directing those leaving the zoo toward four-lane U.S. 220, about three miles away, but most people use N.C. 159, the road they likely used to get to the zoo.

At the intersection of N.C. 159 and U.S. 64, vehicles waiting to turn left sometimes back up several miles toward the zoo.

A limited access road had been planned when the zoo was built in the 1970s, but the road was never built.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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