The Bridges Street Extension project is included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as project R-5727. It is also shown in the Carteret County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).
The Bridges Street Extension (Project No. R-5727) will extend the current Bridges Street Extension (S.R. 1738) approximately three miles to provide a local connection. The project includes widening the roadway along Business Drive to Old Airport Road, then travel westward on new location to connect to U.S. 70 in the vicinity of McCabe Road.
The project is anticipated to relieve congestion on U.S. 70 and improve mobility throughout the area. Additionally, the project would provide better access to the Business Park on Business Drive.
The project is expected to:
- Reduce congestion along U.S. 70
- Provide better mobility in the area
- Provide direct access to the Business Park
- Improve the existing roadway to a multi-lane, median-divided facility
NCDOT is in the beginning planning stage. This phase of project development includes the evaluation of
- cultural resources
- natural resources
- human environment
- community resources
- roadway options, and
- other issues in the project study area
Since the public meeting in July 2018, the Old Murdoch Road (without walls) alternative and Option 1, the northern connector to Business Drive, have been eliminated from further study. At this time, no decision has been made on the “preferred alternative” and connection to U.S. 70.
Based on public feedback and coordination with resource agencies and local jurisdictions, NCDOT is performing additional field investigations, considering the potential environmental (natural and human) impacts, and refining designs.
A State Environmental Assessment (EA) will document the impacts of the project and will address the concerns that were expressed by the public and others during the planning process. The EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) document is anticipated for completion in June 2019.
We plan to have more project information posted in February 2019.
PROJECT COST AND TIMELINE
|Prior Years Cost||$ 750,000|
|Property Acquisition||$ 10,982,000|
|Construction Costs||$ 31,920,000|
|Total Cost||$ 44,970,000|
* Estimated Costs as shown in Current 2018-2027 STIP and are subject to change
|Traffic Forecasts and Capacity Analysis||Summer 2018|
|Natural Resource Studies||Spring 2018|
|Cultural Resources Surveys||Spring 2018|
|Public Meeting No. 1||January 2018|
|Public Meeting No. 2||July 2018|
|Environmental Assessment (EA)/ Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) complete **||June 2019|
|Right of Way Acquisition||January 2022|
* Future Dates are subject to change
** Represents completion of planning phase
Please provide your comments on the project. You can provide comments by use of the link at the bottom of this page or by emailing either of the project contacts listed below.
The NCDOT project team will review all feedback – regardless of how it is submitted (online, phone, email, or letter) – and explore options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible. NCDOT will continue to develop the project and present progress throughout the planning stage.
A public meeting to present basic project information and receive feedback was held January 11, 2018. A second public meeting to present design concepts and receive feedback was held Thursday, July 12, 2018. The opportunity to submit comments and questions will be provided throughout the process.
PUBLIC MEETING MAPS
The Public Meeting Maps presented at the July 12, 2018 meeting are available by clicking the links below:
The Public Meeting Map displayed at the January 11, 2018 meeting is available by clicking this link: Public Meeting Map
Comments may be submitted using the online form below, via phone, email or U.S. Mail to either of the individuals listed below or at any meeting.
PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION
Candice Andre, AICP, LEED GA
NCDOT Project Manager
Consultant Project Manager
NCDOT Division 2
P.O. Box 1587
940 Main Campus Drive Suite 500
Greenville, NC 27835
Raleigh, NC 27606
RESOURCES FOR PROPERTY OWNERS
Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.