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in the Villages of Apex, a planned multi-use community
between US Highway 64 (north) and Hunter Street (south)
Railroad & North Salem Street (west) and RR & Laura Duncan Road (east).
Directions game changers.
August 2012 is the projected completion of the Western Wake Expressway (a toll road extending I-540 through Apex to Holly Springs) including an interchange with US64W about 3.5 miles west of the neighborhood. It will be the preferred route to approach Apex from the north or west maximizing limited access highways (connecting with Interstate-40, US 70, NC 54, and a direct, quick, easy route to the RDU International Airport). The Western Wake Expressway (map-1-simple, map-2-complex) is a component of the Triangle Expressway.
(Sidebar: Decades-old I-440/I-40 circles metro Raleigh; the operational larger-half-circled, non-toll I-540 begins west of Raleigh at I-40 near RDU International Airport, goes north around Raleigh and terminates at US64/US264 east of Raleigh. The soon to the soon-to-be completed I-540 extension (Western Wake Freeway) through Apex and Holly Springs will be a toll road. Not even the route has been determined to connect I-540 at Holly Springs to I-40 east of Garner/south of Raleigh.)
NC Hwy 55 through traffic will be minimized when the Western Wake Expressway is completed to I-40 south of Raleigh. The Western Wake Expressway roughly parallels NC Hwy 55 west of NC Hwy 55.
East-west NC Hwy 55 runs north-north-west to south-south-east (effectively runs north-south) through the Town of Apex and western Wake County.
The Town of Apex plan is that the Apex Peakway will encircle downtown Apex intersecting NC Hwy 55/Williams Street south of downtown just north of US1 (near the Candlewoods Suites) and intersecting NC Hwy 55/Williams Street north of downtown (between the US post office and Beaver Creek Commons and other popular shopping centers.) (map-3-simple, map-4-complex)
Directions here have changed several times as new segments of the Apex Peakway were completed.
To avoid a grade-level railroad track to enter our neighborhood, you must use an westbound segment of circular Apex Peakway or eastbound US HWY 64. Those are the ones given here first. Other efficient ways to reach our neighborhood depends on your location: one is "eastbound" Apex Peakway from the traffic signal on N. Salem Street (crossing a seldom used grade-level RR track.) Another is via a NO-LEFT-TURN intersection at Hunter Street and Ambergate Station: one must approach on westbound Hunter Street to enter our neighborhood and/or exit the neighborhood on westbound Hunter Street.
Using the Apex Peakway is the easiest and safest route!
This map is from on April 30, 2012.
PRIMARY/UNIVERSAL OPTION (best)
P-1. TRAVEL EAST OR WEST ON US64 to reach our Apex neighborhood
P-2. TURN SOUTH at traffic signal onto Laura Duncan Road (all businesses at the intersection are on the north side of US64; after the turn you will pass by Apex High School on your right.)
alternate P-2. To avoid high school traffic, TURN SOUTH at traffic signal onto Lake Pine Drive (Lake Pine continues as Old Raleigh Road then as Hunter Street.)
P-3. TURN RIGHT at the next traffic signal onto Apex Peakway
P-4. TURN RIGHT at Ambergate Station (at community building & pool)
P-5. TURN RIGHT onto Tender Drive: 950 is on the left near the end of the street. U-turn in ample space at end of the cul-de-sac to park in front of the house.
EAST-BOUND US64 OPTION (for the quick and tested)
E-1. TRAVEL EAST ON US64** a side road warning:
(These are quick turns.)
E-2. TURN RIGHT onto Windy Road from eastbound US64; Windy Road is almost immediately after the well marked "Apex Downtown" EXIT onto Salem Street.
Windy Road is only marked with a side road warning sign as pictured above and a routine street sign. More evident are Extra Attic Self-Storage's orange buildings and then Bradley's Flooring and Paint store just before Windy Road and 3-story apartment buildings just beyond Windy Road.
E-3. TURN LEFT onto Caboose Trail (just beyond the first unattached single home.)
E-4. TURN LEFT onto Tender Drive: 950 is on the left. U-turn in the ample space at end of the cul-de-sac to park in front of the house.
** If you miss the Windy Road exit, then turn right at the traffic signal onto Laura Duncan Road and resume at P-3 above.
NOTICE! NONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS are not listed on
NORTH-BOUND US1 OPTION: Approaching Apex on US 1 North from south
(This option is not listed on the single-sheet-ready-to-print-pdf-directions assuming the traveler will enter US64 west from US 1 north at EXIT 98)
N-1. Approach Apex on US 1 North from south
N-2. Take EXIT 96 (TEN TEN ROAD) and turn LEFT (east) on TEN TEN ROAD; TEN TEN Road continues as Center Street
N-3. TURN RIGHT onto Apex Peakway at a traffic signal
N-4. TURN RIGHT at Ambergate Station (at community building & pool)
N-5. TURN RIGHT at 1st RIGHT onto Tender Drive: 950 is on the left near the end of the street. U-turn in ample space at end of the cul-de-sac to park in front of the house.
** East-west NC Hwy 55 runs north-north-west to south-south-east(effectively runs north-south) through the Town of Apex and western Wake County.
NORTH-BOUND NC55 OPTION (from Holly Springs) **
If approaching Apex on north-bound NC 55 West, then:
H-1. TURN RIGHT on James Street (third traffic signal after crossing over US1)
H-2. TURN LEFT onto Apex Peakway at a traffic signal
H-3. TURN RIGHT at Ambergate Station (at community building & pool)
H-4. TURN RIGHT at 1st RIGHT onto Tender Drive: 950 is on the left near the end of the street. U-turn in ample space at end of the cul-de-sac to park in front of the house.
SOUTH-BOUND NC55 OPTION (from Cary/Morrisville/Durham) **
If approaching Apex on south-bound NC 55 East, then:
EXIT onto US64 EAST and follow the PRIMARY/UNIVERSAL OPTION above.
For your GPS & Google/maps #
950 Tender Drive, Apex, NC 27502 (house)
910 Windy Rd, Apex, NC 27502 (Bradley’s Flooring & Paint)
1501 Laura Duncan Rd, Apex, NC (Apex High School)
# On 8/8/2011 Bing maps, MapQuest, and Ask maps did not show Ambergate Station, the Apex Peakway, or most of the other streets in our neighborhood; Yahoo maps showed no streets in the neighborhood; Rand McNally did not list 950 Tender Drive, Apex, NC.
T. L. Grimes
June 26, 2012