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The project logo U-5717: U.S. 15-501 at Garrett Road

The project logo U-5717: U.S. 15-501 at Garrett Road

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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.  The purpose of the project is to reduce congestion and improve traffic operations at the intersection. 


Vicinity Map:  





Three interchange designs were developed for the project: 

  • Alternative A is a tight diamond that would carry U.S. 15-501 over Garrett Road.

  • Alternative B is a tight diamond that would carry Garrett Road over U.S. 15-501.

  • Alternative C is an interchange with roundabouts at the ramp terminals of U.S. 15-501 and Garrett Road.


A public meeting was held on October 9, 2017 to present the alternatives and get feedback from the public. Based on the public comments received and a preliminary evaluation of impacts and costs, NCDOT recommends Alternative A for detailed study in the project’s environmental document.


NCDOT considers many things when making decisions on transportation projects.  On this project, items being investigated include:

  • property impacts

  • cost

  • traffic operations, and

  • impacts to the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project (D-O LRT).  




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. 


The Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro MPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan articulates a desire for US 15-501 between I-40 and US 15-501 Bypass to operate at Level of Service (LOS) D or better. The projected traffic volume for 2040 is anticipated to exceed the capacity of the roadway and operate at level of service  (LOS) F. The intersection of US 15-501 and Garrett Road is currently (2016) operating at LOS D and is projected to operate at LOS F in 2040. On average, drivers experience 45.1 seconds of delay during the morning peak and 46.6 seconds of delay during the afternoon peak. This delay is projected increase to 202.2 seconds of delay during the morning peak and 209.5 seconds of delay during the afternoon peak by 2040.


Level of Service (LOS) 





Public Meeting

October 9, 2017  

Environmental Document Signed

November 27, 2018  

Right of Way Date

April 21, 2020  

Plans complete

January 7, 2020  

LET Date

April 21, 2020  

* Future Dates are subject to change 

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project U-5717 in the FY 2020-2029 Draft STIP and is funded for $39,925 million.  


Estimated Cost*

Project Decelopment & Design and Prior Cost

$   2,400,000  

Right of Way Acquisition and Utilities

$   9,825,000  

Construction Costs

$ 27,000,000  

total Cost

$ 39,925,000  

* Cost as shown in Currently Adopted STIP and are subject to change 


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.  


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) 

Visualization of Alternative A   


Other Alternatives considered:

Alternative B  (Tight Diamond Interchange - Garrett Road Over U.S. 15-501)

                                 Visualization of Alternative B 


Alternative C  (Teardrop Roundabout)   

                                  Visualization of Alternative C    




Zahid Baloch, PE

Roynell Thigpen, PE 

NCDOT Project Manager

Consultant Project Manager

NCDOT Division 5


1548 Mail Service Center

434 Fayetteville Street - Ste 1500

Raleigh, NC  27699-1548

Raleigh, NC  27601



[email protected]

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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

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