U-4902B/C: U.S. 17 Business (Market Street) Improvements

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

State Transportation Improvement Program Project No. U-4902 is an access management improvement project that proposes to make improvements to U.S. 17 Business (Market Street) between Colonial Drive and Porters Neck Road (S.R. 1402).  The project is broken into Sections A through D as follows:

  • Section A:  New Center Drive to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard - This Section is Complete
  • Section B:  CSX Railroad to Cinema Drive; Jacksonville Street to North of U.S. 117/N.C. 132 (College Road) 
  • Section C:  North of U.S. 117/N.C. 132 (College Road) to Station Road
  • Section D:  Middle Sound Loop Road (S.R. 1403) to Mendenhall Drive (S.R. 2290)/Marsh Oaks Drive (S.R. 2734) 

 

PROJECT SECTION AND SCHEDULE

 

STIP U-4902

Phase

From

To

Anticipated

Construction Start

A

I

New Centre Drive

Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Phase I is complete

B

II

CSX Railroad

College Road

2021

C

III

College Road

Station Road

2020

D

IV

Middle Sound Loop Road

Mendenhall Drive/Marsh Oaks Drive

2019

 

NCDOT is currently working on designs for Sections B and C.  These sections are described below: 

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Vicinity Map: 

Interactive Vicinity Map

DISCLAIMER:  This information is intended for general reference only. 

               U-4902B                                    U-4902C 

NCDOT is not responsible for accuracy or use.  This map for general information purposes only.  

HISTORY OF THE PROJECT 

Improvements of the Market Street corridor have been studied for many years.  In July 2010, the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization and NCDOT published the Market Street Corridor Study, which provided a vision for future improvements to the facility.

U-4902 B

This section of the project proposes to improve the existing U.S. 17 Business (Market Street).  It will convert the existing center turn lane on Market Street to a raised median from just west of CSX railroad to U.S. 177/N.C. 132 (College Road).  Full access median crossovers will be provided at signalized intersections and partial median openings will be provided at other public streets.

Market Street is a congested roadway that exhibits high occurrences of rear end and left turn crashes compared to statewide averages.  The conversion of the center turn lane to a raised median will also decrease the frequency of accidents by channelizing all left turn movements into designated access points.

U-4902 C  - ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED 

This section of the project will improve the existing U.S. 74 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)/U.S. 17 Business (Market Street) intersection.  The intersection will be converted to an interchange and the existing center turn lane on Market Street will be converted to a raised median from U.S. 177/N.C. 132 (College Road) to Station Road.  Full access median crossovers will be provided at signalized intersections and partial median openings will be provided at other public streets.  The project is approximately 2.25 miles long.

Market Street is a congested roadway that exhibits high occurrences of rear end and left turn crashes compared to statewide averages.  The proposed project will improve connectivity by improving the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Market Street intersection.  The intersection improvement, in addition to the access management improvements gained with the introduction of the raised median, will contribute to decreased congestion on Market Street.  The conversion of the center turn lane to a raised median will also decrease the frequency of accidents by channelizing all left turn movements into designated access points.

NCDOT proposed three alternatives for the U.S. 74 (Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway)/U.S. 17 Business (Market Street) intersection Modification. 

 

Alternative 1:  Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI)

This alternative would carry martin Luther King Jr. Parkway over Market Street using a bridge.   Under this alternative, Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway travelers would have an unobstructed, non-stop flow north and south.   All left and right turn movements at the current intersection will be maintained beneath the bridge.

 

Alternative 2:  At Grade Quadrant Intersection 

quadrant roadway intersection adds an additional "quadrant roadway" between two legs of an intersection. This roadway intersection moves all left turns away from the main intersection.  The new quadrant roads would be located in the southwest and northeast quadrants (corners).  The current Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway/Market Street intersection will be maintained for through traffic.  The design allows for reduced signal phase time and increased through movement.  

 

Alternative 3:  Grade Separated Quadrant Intersection

As with the At Grade Quadrant Intersection additional quadrant roadways between the southwest and northeast quadrants (corners), however, with this alternative, Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway would be carried over Market Street via a bridge.  The bridge, as with Alternative 1, would provide travelers on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway an unobstructed, non-stop flow north and south.   Access between roadways would be by use of the quadrant roadways.

U-4902C - Preferred Alternative Identified

The comment forms provided at the December 7, 2017 public meeting included a space to mark preference for one of the three Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and US 17 Business interchange alternatives.

34 comments were received following the public meeting. 

27 of those comments indicated a preference: 

63 percent of respondents preferred Alternative 1 (Single Point Urban Interchange)

16 percent indicated a preference for Alternative 3 (Grade-Separated Quadrant). 

 

The Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI)

was identified as the public’s preference.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

The NCDOT project team reviews all feedback – regardless of how it is submitted (online, phone, email, or letter) – and explores options to incorporate comments and address concerns where and when feasible.  

PUBLIC MEETINGS

NCDOT hosted a public meeting for U-4902C on March 10, 2016. 

NCDOT hosted a second public meeting for U-4902C on December 7, 2017 to display alternatives for Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Market Street intersection improvements and to provide information on U-4902B and U-4902C.  

ESTIMATED COSTS 

Project U-4902B is included in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $5 million.

Project U-4902C is included in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $48 million.

 

U-4902B

Estimated Amount*

U-4902C

Estimated Amount*

  Project Development & Design

$1,214,250

$1,214,250

  Property Acquisition

$500,000

$125,000

  Construction Costs

$3,400,000

$46,550,000

  Total Cost

$5,114,250

$47,889,250

* Estimated costs are subject to change.

TIMELINE

  Milestone

U-4902B

Date*

U-4902C

Date*

  Right of Way Acquisition

2018

Ongoing

  Final Environmental Document Approved

2018

Spring 2018

  Begin Construction

2021

2020

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.

PUBLIC MEETING MAPS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS

December 7, 2017 Meeting Maps and Documents

  

  Links to Public Meeting Maps and Other Documents

  U-4902 B Public Meeting Map                                                 Click Here 

  U-4902 C Public Meeting Map – Alternative 1                       Click Here 

  U-4902 C Public Meeting Map – Alternative 2                       Click Here 

  U-4902 C Public Meeting Map – Alternative 3                       Click Here 

  U-4902 C Public Meeting Map  - Market Street Median       Click Here 

  U-4902 C Public Meeting - Intersection Diagrams Board     Click Here 

  Public Meeting - Handout                                                          Click Here 

  Public Meeting - Handout - Spanish                                         Click Here 

 

Visualizations 

(Files are large and may take extended time to download)

File Name

Title & Description

Alternative 1 Visualization

Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) Visualization             Click Here

Alternative 2 Visualization

At-Grade Quadrant Intersection Visualization                        Click Here

Alternative 3 Visualization

Grade Separated Quadrant Intersection Visualization          Click Here

 

Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS                                              

 

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION

                                                                                     

Krista Kimmel      

 James Byrd, PE

NCDOT Project Manager

 Consultant Project Manager

Highway Division 3

 HNTB North Carolina

5501 Barbados Boulevard

 343 E Six Forks Road, Suite 200

Castle Hayne, NC  28429

 Raleigh, NC  27609

910-341-2000

 919-424-0437
khkimmel@ncdot.gov  [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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