U-5798: Gillis Hill Road

U-5798: Gillis Hill Road

The NC Department of Transportation is proposing to widen approximately 1.9 miles of Gillis Hill Road in Hoke and Cumberland Counties (U-5798).  The existing two-lane road is proposed to be widened to a four lane, median-divided facility. The project begins approximately 950 feet south of Celtic Drive and ends at U.S. 401.  The project will connect with U-5707 and U‑5857 to create a single, interconnected four-lane corridor through the Rockfish community.  The combined projects will include traffic signals at key intersections and a grade-separated crossing of the active Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad line. 

As currently planned, U-5798 will be divided into two sections:

 

  • U-5798 A – This section of the project will begin at the intersection of Stoney Pont Road and will terminate at US 401. 
    • Gillis Hill Road will be widened to four lanes with a median.
    • This section of the project will include construction of the new bridge over Little Rockfish Creek.  The bridge will be designed as a four-lane structure to match the roadway design.

  • U-5798 B – This section of the project will begin about 950 feet south of Celtic Drive and will terminate at Stoney Pont Road. 
    • Gillis Hill Road will be widened to four lanes with a median

Interactive Vicinity Map

 

Purpose and Need:

The primary need for the proposed action is to address the anticipated increase in traffic volumes in the 2040 Build Year conditions. The traffic volume in the Build Year is anticipated to increase to between 9,700 and 20,500 vehicles per day, compared to 7,700 and 17,000 vehicles per day in the existing conditions. The proposed action will serve local residents and commuters by helping address the projected future traffic conditions and maintaining acceptable levels of service (LOS) in the vicinity of the Rockfish community.  Construction of U-5798 will also replace the structurally deficient bridge over Little Rockfish Creek. 

Why do we need to widen Gillis Hill Road?

The primary need for the proposed project is to address the anticipated increase in traffic volumes in the Build Year (2040). By 2040, the traffic volumes are projected to range from 9,700 and 20,500 vehicles per day, compared to 7,700 and 17,000 vehicles per day today The number of commuters traveling from surrounding communities through Rockfish to Fort Bragg and the City of Fayetteville is also expected to increase. The proposed project will address the projected future traffic conditions and maintain acceptable levels of service (LOS) in the vicinity of the Rockfish community. Construction of U-5798 will also replace the structurally deficient bridge over Little Rockfish Creek.

Concepts Considered

Two alternatives were initially evaluated fo r managing future traffic in the Gillis Hill Road corridor.

  • Maintaining the existing two-lane roadway but make improvements (turn lanes) at key intersections. 

  • Widening to a four-lane roadway with median.

A traffic forecast was completed (Year 2040 traffic volumes) and an operations analysis was conducted to compare the two alternatives in regard to maintaining acceptable levels of service along Gillis Hill Road. The analysis determined that the four-lane alternative will be the most effective option for managing the 2040 projected traffic volumes and is currently being evaluated as the recommended alternative for improvements to Gillis Hill Road.   

NCDOT has developed and refined the design of the recommended alternative. This design is based on the proposed typical section included in the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan dated April 16, 2014 and the traffic projections prepared by NCDOT.  The community impacts have been evaluated and the recommended alternative has been developed.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the recommended alternative at the public meeting on April 23, 2019. Project maps will be available for the community to review and provide input on the refined designs.

 

Recommended  Concept

NCDOT has developed a recommended concept, and community and environmental impacts are being evaluated for the project. The approved traffic projections and traffic operations analysis indicate that a four-lane roadway will be needed to manage future traffic.

The four-lane section will include:

  • Added turn lanes

  • Additional storage lane capacity at key intersections 

  • A variable width median throughout the project corridor

  The recommended alternative corresponds to the proposed typical section included in the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan dated April 16, 2014.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the recommended alternative at the public meeting on April 23, 2019.  Project maps will be available for the community to review and provide input on the refined designs.

 Proposed Typical Section

Beginning of Project to Stoney Point Road

 

 Proposed Typical Section

 Stoney Point Road to End of Project

 Proposed Typical Section

Bridge over Little Rockfish Creek

Project Development Process

 

Community Outreach

Since mid-2017, NCDOT has held meetings with community leaders, local interest groups, business groups and affected business owners and neighborhood groups about the Gillis Hill Road widening project.

The objective of the community outreach program is to solicit input through an open, dynamic process that includes as many residents, business owners, property owners, local agencies, community groups and other stakeholders within the project study area as possible. This process is structured to involve people early and often and to share information as it becomes available.

A variety of techniques has been and will continue to be used to ensure meaningful involvement from the community.

Public Involvement

Public participation and feedback are integral to the project development process. By sharing your ideas and concerns, you can help us identify appropriate transportation solutions in your community.

Comments and Questions should be submitted online using this webpage or by emailing  [email protected]

 

Public Meetings

A public meeting will be held on April 23, 2019 to obtain  public input regarding the project's design.  

 

  Date

  April 23, 2019

  Location

  Tabernacle Baptist Church

  3219 Lindsay Rd.

  Raeford 

  Time

  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

        

Public Meeting Maps:

U-5798: Gillis Hill Road Widening

 

 

 

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project U-5798 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for approximately $22 million.​

 

 

         Estimated Cost*

   Right-of-Way Acquisition           $     1,598,000
   Construction           $   19,888,000
   Total Cost           $   21,486,000

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

 

Project Timeline

 

 Milestone

                      Date*

  Public Meeting 

                    April  2019

  Environmental Document               Summer 2019
  Right of Way Acquisition                    March 2020
  Construction Begins                   March 2022

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

 

 

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

April Annis

Project Manager

NCDOT Project Management Unit

1582 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1582

919-707-6011

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Alison Nichols

Consultant Project Manager

RS&H

1520 South Boulevard, Suite 200

Charlotte, NC  28203

919-424-0486

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS

 

Comments may be submitted below, via phone, email  (Gillis-Hill-Rd@publicinput.com) or U.S. Mail to the Project Manager listed above, or at any meeting. 

All comments received carry equal weight, regardless of submission method. 

All comments will be reviewed and suggestions/recommendations

incorporated into designs where feasible.   

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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U.S. 401
Good Middling Dr
Gillis Farm
Climbing Tree Ln
Stoney Point Rd
Celtic Dr
Brock Rd
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