U-5717: U.S. 15-501 at Garrett Road

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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. 

 

Vicinity Map:  

           

 

PROJECT STATUS

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:

  • property impacts

  • cost

  • 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.  

PROJECT TIMELINE

Milestone

       Date*

State Environmental Assessment (EA)  complete **

Summer 2018

Right of Way Acquisition

April 2019

Construction

April 2020

* Future Dates are subject to change 

** Represents completion of planning phase

 

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

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

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

PROJECT MAPS

Please Click on the links below to veiw or download Maps and Visualizations of the  project alternatives 

 

PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE:  

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    

 

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Zahid Baloch, PE

Nicole Bennett 

NCDOT Project Manager

Consultant Project Manager

NCDOT Division 5

WSP

1548 Mail Service Center

434 Fayetteville Street - Ste 1500

Raleigh, NC  27699-1548

Raleigh, NC  27601

919-707-6012

919-836-4051

[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

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