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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. 

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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.

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Terry Farr, PE

Senior Project Manager
NCDOT Project Management Unit 
[email protected]