U-5302: U.S. 401 - Garner

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to convert 1.2 miles of U.S. 401 from south of Legend Road to U.S. 70 to a synchronized street.  The improved facility would be a six-lane, median-divided roadway with turn lanes at intersections as needed, and syncronized traffic signals to promote traffic flow.

This project is included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as Project Number U-5302.

Vicinity Map:

 

Existing conditions along U.S 401/Fayetteville Road in Year 2015 shows that each car is delayed 55-80 seconds.  Traffic forecast for Year 2040 shows a 20-25% increase in the number of vehicles.  Without the project (No Build), traffic congestion would result in an average of 140 seconds delay per vehicle in 2040.  Building the project would reduce delays to 68-74 seconds per vehicle in 2040.

 

Synchronized Streets

Constructing a synchronized street eliminates left hand turns from side streets, and reduces the risks and delays associated with left hand turns.  A synchronized street would improve traffic safety and flow; please read NCDOT’s fact sheet on Synchronized Streets Sidewalk installation in conjunction with this project is being considered by NCDOT and the Town of Garner and would be through a cost sharing agreement.

Public Involvement

 

Public Meetings

A pubic meeting was held on August 16, 2018

 

  Date

       August 16, 2018

    Ernest Myatt Presbyterian Church      4926 Fayettevilel Road, Raleigh

  Begin Time

       5 p.m.

  End Time

       7 p.m.

       

 Comment   Period

  August 18 - August 30, 2018

  Project               Contact           

  John Braxton, NCDOT

 Continues to accept comments and   calls

 Email

  919-707-6219

 

   

                    

Public Meeting Maps and Documents:

U-5302-Public Meeting Maps

U-5302-Project Fact Sheet

 

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q1. How do I stay informed about the project?

More information about the U-5302 project U.S. 401 / Fayetteville Road in Garner will be posted to www.publicinput.com/us-401-garner in the coming months.  You may also contact the project manager, Mr. John Braxton, at 919-707-6219 or [email protected] .

Q2. Will crosswalks be part of the design?  Pedestrians need a safer way to cross Fayetteville Road.

The synchronized street design includes a crosswalk from each side of Fayetteville Road to the island structure.  Signal timing will provide sufficient time for most pedestrians to cross from one side of the road to the center island and to the other side of the road.  If a pedestrian can reach the center island only in the cycle of one light, they can wait there safely until the next cycle. 

Q3. Can NCDOT build sidewalks into this plan?  We need sidewalks for safety and to connect our neighborhoods to retail and other greenways.

The cost of sidewalks is a joint responsibility between NCDOT and The Town of Garner.  The NCDOT is providing the sidewalk cost estimate to the Town and once the Town agrees to their share of the cost, sidewalks will be included in the project.

Q4. How can making a U-Turn in 3 lanes of oncoming traffic be safer than making a left on a green turn arrow at a stop light?

Since the time of the public meeting on August 16, 2018, NCDOT has decided to add traffic signals at the U-turns to facilitate safer and timed turns.

Q5.  How does revenue, project expenses, or costs factor into this NCDOT project?

The U-5302 project is already funded at the state level as part of NCDOT state transportation improvement plan (STIP).

Q6. Will any traffic signals be part of the proposed project?

A synchronized street allows main street travelers to continue to turn left or right or travel straight, while side street travelers who wish to cross to turn left must first turn right and then make a U-turn on the main street. The lights are ‘synchronized’ so that main street travelers have fewer stops. A detailed description and image are part of the NCDOT Sychronized Street fact Sheet.

Q7.  How does a right turn and U-Turn configuration improve safety and reduce traffic congestion?

Please refer to the NCDOT Sychronized Street fact Sheet.

Q8. The project appears to impact my property or driveway access.

NCDOT will work with property owners to address their specific concerns during the Right of Way phase of the project, during the summer of 2019.

Q9. There are multiple projects in our town at the same time.  How are you coordinating projects so there is less impact to travel time and commute patterns?

The U-5302 project will not be reducing the number of lanes during construction. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Mr. John Braxton, at 919-707-6219, [email protected] .

Project Funding

 This project is listed as Project U-5769 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $465 million.

 

 

 Estimated Amount*

   Property Acquisition

 $      850,000

   Construction Costs

 $ 13,200,000

   Total Cost

 $14,000,000

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

Project Timeline

Milestone

  Date*

  Environmental Documentation

  Summer 2018

  Right-of-Way Acquisition Begins

  Spring 2019

  Construction Begins

  Summer 2020

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

     

John Braxton

Project Manager
NCDOT Division 5 - Project Delivery
[email protected]
919-707-6219

 

Kevin VanMetre

Project Consultant
AECOM
[email protected]
919-854-6214

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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