The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to improve U.S. 15-501 (Durham Chapel Hill Boulevard) and Garrett Road (S.R. 1116), within the City of Durham. This project will upgrade the at-grade intersection to an interchange.
Three alternatives have been studied in detail and findings will be outlined in the project's environmental document. 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.
As part of the alternative development process, NCDOT is studying potential impacts on people, the natural environment as well as other factors. The intent is to minimize impacts whenever possible.
NCDOT considers many things when making decisions on transportation projects. On this project, items being investigated include:
traffic operations, and
impacts to the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project (D-O LRT).
After 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.
PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE SELECTED
Three interchange designs were developed for the project. These alternatives are shown on the maps below.
Alternative A has been selected as the Preferred Alternative for the project. This Alternative is a 'Tight Diamond' interchange that would carry U.S. 15-501 over Garrett Road.
Alternative A causes the least impact to the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project; causes the least impact to properties at the intersection and meets the purpose and need of the proposed project.
State Environmental Assessment (EA) complete **
Right of Way Acquisition
* Future Dates are subject to change
** Represents completion of planning phase
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.
NCDOT conducted an open-house public meeting to present maps of the three alternatives being studied and receive feedback on October 9, 2017.
Click Here to download a copy of the Public Meeting Handout which contains information on the three alternatives and their potential impacts
Please Click on the links below to veiw or download Maps and Visualizations of the project alternatives
Alternative A (Tight Diamond Interchange - U.S. 15-501 Over Garrett Road)
Other Alternatives considered:
Alternative B (Tight Diamond Interchange - Garrett Road Over U.S. 15-501)
Alternative C (Teardrop Roundabout)
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.
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