U-5969: U.S. 501/Madison - Roxboro

NCDOT is proposing to convert U.S. 501 (Madison Boulevard) from a 5-lane undivided roadway to a 4-lane median divided roadway from south of U.S. 158 to North Main Street.  

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At the request of the Kerr-Tar Rural Planning Organization (RPO), the N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to convert U.S. 501 (Madison Boulevard) from a 5-lane undivided roadway to a 4-lane median divided roadway from south of U.S. 158 to North Main Street.  The proposed project is approximately three miles in length and is included in the 2018-2027 North Carolina State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as project number U-5969.


Project Overview and Purpose

Land uses along Madison Boulevard are primarily commercial with a few residential and industrial areas.  Madison Boulevard serves as a vital corridor in Person County and for the City of Roxboro.  Downtown historic Roxboro is located adjacent to the project corridor.  The project corridor is a part of a larger initiative to widen U.S. 501 to a 4-lane roadway from the Virginia state line to N.C. 49.  Converting Madison Boulevard to 4 lanes will allow for a continuous cross section throughout the entirety of U.S. 501.

The proposed project will improve safety in the area by limiting driveway sidestreet access and providing intersections with lower traffic volumes.  It will also enhance mobility with the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations along the project corridor. 

Thirteen Intersections along U.S. 501 were identified in the Person County and Roxboro Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) as high crash locations.  According to the NCDOT Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) Web Map, the current AADT along the corridor ranges from 8,500 vehicles-per-day (vpd) to 28,600 vpd.  Limiting access along Madison Boulevard will help reduce the potential for crashes and will make the roadway safer not only for motorists, but also for bicyclists and pedestrians. 

 Project History

  • The project was recommended in the Person County and Roxboro Comprehensive Transportation Plan as project PER0002-H in 2011.
  • The project was included in the Madison Boulevard Corridor Plan by Kerr-Tar RPO in May of 2016.
  • The 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)  includes the project as STIP number U-5969.
  • NCDOT Division 5 started project development, environmental, and engineering studies for this project in November 2017.


Public Involvement

NCDOT has been coordinating with the City of Roxboro throughout the project.  A postcard was sent in May 2018, to property owners located within the project study area, to introduce the project.  Project information and updates will be posted to this website.  Other outreach may include newsletters, local official briefings, small group presentations, and public meetings.

Project Cost and Schedule

This project is listed as Project U-5969 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $32.6 million.



Estimated Amount*

Property Acquisition and Utilities  

$ 11,150,000

Construction Costs

$ 21,473,000

Total Cost

$ 32,623,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change.




Environmental Document (Environmental Assessment)

Late 2018   

Public Meeting

Early 2019   

Right of Way Acquisition




* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Next Steps

A community characteristics report (CCR) has been prepared to document community resources in the area and how they could potentially be affected.  Multiple small group meetings will be held with communities in the area.  After these meetings have been held, preliminary designs for the overall corridor will be advanced and evaluated.  A public meeting will be held to present alternatives and receive input.  A Combined State Environmental Assessment / Finding of No Significant Impact (SEA/FONSI) is expected to be completed in late 2018.  The public will be notified once an alternative has been selected.



Ben Upshaw

NCDOT Project Manager

[email protected]

2612 North Duke Street

Durham, NC  27704

(919) 220-4600



Robert Boot

Consultant Project Manager - Atkins

[email protected]

1616 East Millbrook Road, Suite 160

Raleigh, NC  27609

(919) 431-5276



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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