R-5727 - Bridges Street Extension

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

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

PROJECT STATUS

NCDOT is in the beginning planning stage.  This phase of project development includes the evaluation of    

  • traffic
  • cultural resources
  • congestion
  • natural resources 
  • human environment 
  • community resources
  • roadway options, and
  • other issues in the project study area

 NCDOT is studying potential impacts to people in the communities, the natural environment, and other factors as part of the alternative development process, with the intent to minimize impacts whenever possible. As these preliminary studies are complete and existing conditions defined, we can better determine alternatives to study further and present to the public and regulatory agencies for comment.

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 are anticipated for completion in May 2018. 

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PROJECT COST AND TIMELINE

 

Milestone Estimated Amount*
Prior Years Cost   $           750,000
Utilities   $        1,318,000
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

 

Milestone        Date*
Traffic Forecasts and Capacity Analysis December 2017
Natural Resource Studies December 2017
Cultural Resources Surveys December 2017
Public Meeting  No. 1 January 2018
Public Meeting No. 2 April 2018
Environmental Assessment (EA) complete ** May 2018
Right of Way Acquisition FY 2022
Construction FY 2024

* Future Dates are subject to change 

** Represents completion of planning phase

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

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.

 

PUBLIC MEETINGS

A public meeting to present basic project information and receive feedback is scheduled for January 11, 2018.   A second public meeting is anticipated during  April of 2018.  The opportunity to submit comments and questions will be provided throughout the process.  the comment period will close on a date to be determined after the second public meeting in April.  

Please note that these meetings will be open-house drop in style where maps of the study area will be on display and project team members available for discussion, but no formal presentation will be made.

 

PUBLIC MEETING MAP 

The Public Meeting Map which will be displayed at the January 11, 2018 meeting is available by clicking this link:   Public Meeting Map

(or copy and paste this link into your browser window:  https://www.ncdot.gov/download/projects/publichearings/R-5727_rdy_Jan_Public_Meeting_Compressed.pdf )

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS                                              

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

 

Elizabeth Workman

Candice Andre, AICP, LEED GA

NCDOT Project Manager

Consultant Project Manager

NCDOT Division 2

VHB

P.O. Box 1587

940 Main Campus Drive Suite 500 

Greenville, NC  27835

Raleigh, NC  27606

919-854-6221

919-741-5346

[email protected]

[email protected]

 

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.  

 

Relocation Assistance Brochure                                                 Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure                             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

NCDOT Poll:
As we begin work, gathering information from the public is important. Are there any comments or questions you would like to submit at this time?
As proposed, this project appears to be an overblown, costly scheme to boost property values at the business park at the expense of homeowners and landowners in the Wildwood area. I believe a less costly and less disruptive solution would be to limit the project area to the existing industrial/retail zone, generally no farther or only slightly farther west than Old Airport Road, then tie the new extension into Horton Road and/or Little Nine Road and extend one or the other south from U.S. 70 to N.C. 24. That would improve traffic flow, greatly reduce right-of-way acquisition costs, reduce the number of affected homes and properties and also minimize wetlands impact and conflicts with the railroad (Old Airport Road RR crossing already exists), compared to a plan that takes the extension farther west through the Wildwood community.
Reply9 Agree2 months ago
Yes, we understand the need to increase road capacity to accommodate the future expansion in our area but, is such a massive road building project really necessary? If the purpose is to improve access to the business park a simpler approach might be to utilize Harris Road where a traffic signal already exists. An alternative route might be Arthur Farm Road or Old Airport Road. And does it really have to be four lanes? How about just widening Business Drive or other roads to safely accommodate truck traffic? Surely, any of these would cost far less that $45,000,000.
Reply7 Agree2 months ago
Anna StewartI strongly oppose construction of this 4lane highway through Wildwood- any part of Wildwood. Begin this highway begin at Old Airport Road. Protect and preserve the community of Wildwood.
Reply5 Agree2 months ago
Jesse MortonI don't understand how the state can legally come in and take the homes from old people and give them what they decide is a fair amount for their home. They will need to buy both my properties, but i am unable to work now and wont be able to finance another home this late in my life. This doesn't even sound like America!
Reply5 Agree2 months ago
Cheri Bossie SeronickThis would devastate a community that has been decimated over generations. A variety of wildlife & necessary wetlands would almost be impacted in a tragic way! PLEASE find another way!
Reply4 Agree2 months ago
Cheri Bossie SeronickThis would DESTROY a community that has already been whittled down over generations, not to mention endanger/displace a variety of wildlife. PLEASE FIND ANOTHER WAY!
Reply4 Agree2 months ago
I think it's a great idea! The business park could grow into a major economic engine for the area. Why wouldn't we want that? Depending on a single major employer, Cherry Point, FRC-E, in the area is a recipe for economic disaster. Come on people stop opposing every single thing that could bring major income to the area. Wildwood is a signpost, it's not even an incorporated community. From what I can tell the area could use more economic opportunities. We have to give young people a reason to stay and grow in Carteret county. Instead, we protest every single opportunity to improve the economy. It's truly insane.
Reply2 Agree2 months ago
Wildwood is a community that came from the Oglesby-Murdoch-Tolson-Bell-McCabe and other families. The Oglesby, Bell, Tolsons have been in the Wildwood area since the mid-1750's. Hugh Murdoch arrived c1867. Our church, Wildwood Presbyterian Church, built in 1893, is the oldest Presbyterian Church in Carteret County still in use! I am the 5th generation of Murdoch, the 10th generation of Oglesby to live at Wildwood. Would you like your land taken away from you? Is that all Carteret County is to become, a tax base? Rachel Teasley Dickinson Wildwood
Reply4 Agree2 months ago
Yes, increasing the tax base IS GOOD. It creates jobs, improves education, etc. Look around, in Carteret county, people either work at the base, work at the port or work in tourism. And, tourism is only a viable "option" for half of the year (summertime). Economically, the county needs to diversify or it will continue to have the huge divide between the "rich" and the "poor".
ReplyAgree2 months ago
Jesse MortonThis road will not increase jobs or improve education, it will only cause more congestion on an already congested hwy 70. Just look how many times this design crosses hwy 70 and think how more stoplights will make traffic even worse than the last Bridges st. extension project caused. This road design just goes to show the NCDOT is asleep at the wheel!
Reply6 Agree2 months ago
[email protected]This proposal is not following the agreed upon plans for Transportation in Carteret County which have been circulated publically for many years. This plan is proposing to expend the original plan from an improved two lane road to a multi-lane divided roadway. This is outrageous! It represents a massive departure from previous plans and will require a complete review of the regional transportation planning system.
Reply1 Agreeone month ago
I am one facing losing my home. I'm nearing 70, disabled and no way to re-coup what I will lose. "Fair market value" would still not get those of us re-established. How is it that we have come to the point that the STATE can come in and just take what they want with no regard to the lives that will be totally devastated? For those of you who want this, I ask you one question: How can you be in favor of something that will destroy so many? Is your home being razed for this project? I didn't think so....Do we really NEED a better route? I've lived in this community/house for over 30 years. I've NEVER had a problem getting on or off Hwy 70, with the possible exception of late Friday afternoon, in the summer time. To the powers that be: RE-THINK THIS! Your home could be next....I think they call it Karma...
Reply1 Agreeone month ago
Lets do it!!
Reply1 Agree2 months ago
I think its past time for this to happen. Traffic is getting worse every year and our area needs this.
Reply1 Agree2 months ago
Rachel Teasley DickinsonThe area may need it, but at the expense of generations of people that were born and lived at Wildwood! How about less businesses and tourist attractions. That is where most of this traffic is coming from! Let the land owners live on their land and keep contributing to the economy! I was born in Wildwood and wish to remain here! I have lived most of my life here and wish to die here. If I am "forced" off of my ancestral home, I will go to Newport or Craven County!
ReplyAgreeone month ago
Don DickinsonI see numerous comments supporting this project. I guess it's easy to be in support of something that doesn't impact you directly. For those of us who would lose everything that we've worked for it's a different story. My house sits on land that has been in my family for three generations. My plan is pass it down to the next generation and beyond. It will be impossible to replicate what my previous generations worked to build going back into the 1800's. Even for those in Wildwood who wouldn't be directly impacted with loss of property, this project represents the end of a community that has spanned generations of multiple families. Please don't dismantle an historic community for the sake of commercial interests in the business park.
ReplyAgree29 days ago
Don DickinsonI see numerous comments supporting this project. I guess it's easy to be in support of something that doesn't impact you directly. For those of us who would lose everything that we've worked for it's a different story. My house sits on land that has been in my family for three generations. My plan is pass it down to the next generation and beyond. It will be impossible to replicate what my grandparents worked to build. Even for those in Wildwood who wouldn't be directly impacted with loss of property, this project represents the end of a community that has spanned generations of multiple families. Please don't dismantle an historic community for the sake of commercial interests in the business park.
ReplyAgree29 days ago
Jud ReadyVery much in favor of this improvement. The easternmost alignment that connects to McCabe Rd. would be highly beneficial to tons of Carteret residents, as well as out-of-county travelers coming to town along both US70 & NC24. The negative impacts to the Wildwood residents must be mitigated with good faith efforts establishing fair values before imminent domain proceedings are contemplated.
ReplyAgreeone month ago
Jud ReadyVery strongly in favor!
ReplyAgreeone month ago
Very strongly in favor!
ReplyAgreeone month ago
This proposal is not following the agreed upon plans for Transportation in Carteret County which have been circulated publically for many years. This plan is proposing to expend the original plan from an improved two lane road to a multi-lane divided roadway. This is outrageous! It represents a massive departure from previous plans and will require a complete review of the regional transportation planning system.
ReplyAgreeone month ago
Michael A WagonerTotally agree. If you would care to expand on this, message me at [email protected]
ReplyAgreeone month ago
Totally agree. If you would care to expand on this, message me at [email protected]
ReplyAgreeone month ago
i live here in river woods would like to kno more about this is this the only map of where its going to go ??? can you tell me if east branch dr is going to me in the planned rout ??
ReplyAgree2 months ago