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U-5307: U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard)

U-5307: U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard)

​Preliminary Engineering Activities for this project
have been suspended.


Planning and development is underway on a proposed project to convert U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard) to a controlled-access highway from I-540 in Raleigh to Purnell Road/Harris Road (S.R. 1931) in Wake Forest. 

This project is intended to improve traffic congestion and reduce travel times along U.S. 1. 

A controlled-access highway is one on which access is provided only via ramps at interchanges.  Some cross-streets will be grade-separated and no driveway connections will be allowed on U.S. 1. 

  • Traffic signals on the mainline of U.S. 1 within the study area are proposed to be removed and replaced with interchanges at:

  • Durant Road/Perry Creek Road
  • Burlington Mills Road
  • Falls of Neuse Road/U.S. 1A (Main Street)
  • Purnell Road/Harris Road
  • Existing interchanges at I-540, N.C. 98 Bypass (Dr. Calvin Jones Highway), and N.C. 98 Business (Durham Road) will be modified.
  • A grade separation (bridge) is planned at Jenkins Road/Stadium Drive.
  • A third through-lane is being studied as part of this project on I-540 westbound at the U.S. 1 interchange to modify the existing lane drop.
  • NCDOT will study service roads and local connections to maintain regional mobility and access to properties along the corridor.

This project is included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as Project Number U-5307. 

Vicinity Map:




Upgrading to a controlled-access highway would help relieve congestion experienced in the corridor and improve travel time reliability. U.S. 1 currently carries between 32,000 and 65,000 vehicles per day and is anticipated to carry between 44,000 and 75,000 vehicles per day in 2040 (No Build scenario). Travel times along U.S. 1 are highly variable, making it difficult for drivers to plan trips. A trip in the PM peak hour on at least one segment of the U-5307 corridor can take up to four times longer than trips at non-peak times.

Project Highlights

Project U-5307 will be constructed as a design-build project.  The design-build process allows NCDOT to hire a team of designers and contractors that is responsible for the design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction of the project. The team may begin construction on one portion of the project while they finish the design and right-of-way acquisition for others. This usually results in faster completion.

Other benefits of a design-build project may be innovative solutions that save time or money, or reduce impacts, and quicker resolution to problems that may arise during design and construction. The process may provide additional alternatives or modifications to the existing alternatives, which in turn may reduce costs or impacts.


Project U-5307 is listed in the STIP in four segments:

  • Segment A:   From I-540 to north of Durant Road/Perry Creek Road

  • Segment B:   From north of Durant Road/Perry Creek Road to north of Burlington Mills Road

  • Segment C:   From north of Burlington Mills Road to south of NC 98 Business (Durham Road)

  • Segment D:   From south of NC 98 to Purnell Road/Harris Road

Project History


In 2006, Phase 1 of the U.S. 1 Corridor Study was completed in collaboration between the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), N.C. Department of Transportation, City of Raleigh, Triangle Transit, and Town of Wake Forest.   STIP Project U-5307 is included in the area studied during Phase 1, and the Corridor Study serves as starting point for further analysis of this project.

The U.S. 1 Council of Planning is a workgroup dedicated to maintaining the implementation of the U.S. 1 Corridor Study. The Council is made up of representatives of municipalities and counties that have direct jurisdiction over land use ordinances within the Corridor Study Area or public investments along the corridor, inter-governmental planning organizations having administrative duties for transportation planning along the U.S. 1 Corridor, and NCDOT. More information about the U.S. 1 Council of Planning can be found on CAMPO’s website.


Conceptual Corridors

The U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard) project is in the early stages of development.  At the public meetings scheduled for October 9th and 11th, concepts for the main roadway (U.S. 1)  and options being considered and examined for intersections along the corridor will be provided for public review and comment. 

The study area shown is a broad survey area and is not intended to reflect any level of potential impacts. Direct impacts from the proposed project will be contained within the study area, but not all properties within the study area will be impacted.


Public Involvement

Project Logo Competition

Local high schools were invited to submit designs for a project logo. Several submittals were received from Millbrook High School and Wakefield High School.  The U.S. 1 Council of Planning selected the winning logo by Jordin Williams of Millbrook High School.


Public Meetings

A public meeting was held on October 9, 2018 to gather feedback on conceptual designs, and a second meeting planned for October 11, 2018 was postponed due to Hurricane Michael. The rescheduled meeting was held on October 29, 2018 (see details below). Additional meetings are planned and will be held at a date to be determined.


Public Meeting Materials:

Map 1: US 1 (Capital Boulevard) at I-540 (

Map 2: US 1 (Capital Boulevard) at Durant Road/Perry Creek Road and Burlington Mills Road (

Map 3: US 1 (Capital Boulevard) at Falls of Neuse Road/S Main Street (US 1 Alternate) and NC 98 Bypass (

Map 4: US 1 (Capital Boulevard) at NC 98 Business and Purnell Road/Harris Road (

U.S. 1 Presentation Video (

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project U-5307 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $475 million.



Estimated Amount*

Project Development & Design

 $   1 million

Property Acquisition

 $147 million

Construction Costs

 $327 million

Total Cost

 $475 million

* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on NCDOT STIP.

Project Timeline



Environmental Document completed

Spring 2022

Right-of-Way acquisition begins

(Segments A, B, C)

Fall 2024

Construction begins

(Segments A, B, C)


Fall 2024

B & C

Fall 2026 

Right-of-Way acquisition begins  

(Segment D)


Construction begins 

(Segment D)

Unfunded at this time

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change



Terry Farr, PE

Senior Project Manager
NCDOT Project Management Unit 
[email protected]


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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