U-5857: Rockfish Road

The NC Department of Transportation is proposing to widen approximately 2.65 miles of the existing roadway to a four-lane, median divided facility. The project begins at Pittman Grove Church Road and ends approximately 230 feet north of Walter Drive South.  

Vicinity Map:

 

Purpose and Need:

The primary purpose for the proposed project is to address the future traffic and maintain levels of service (LOS) in the vicinity of the Rockfish community and connect with U-5707 and U-5798 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 rail line.   The traffic volume in the Build Year is anticipated to increase up to 135% from the existing conditions.   

 

Why do we need to widen Rockfish Road?

Rockfish Road is federally classified as a minor arterial roadway.  It is a north-south corridor connecting the community of Rockfish with U.S. 401 to the north and the community of Lumber Bridge to the south.  The population in Hoke County is projected to increase at a rate of 2.5% annually, which is more than double the statewide projection for population growth. With this population increase comes an increase in traffic.  Additionally, commuters travel through the Rockfish community to Fort Bragg and to the City of Fayetteville as well as points beyond.  In 2017 the traffic volume on Rockfish Road varied between 8,100 and 12,300 vehicles per day. By 2040, the traffic volume is projected to be more than double the current volumes, increasing to between 16,200 and 28,400 vehicles per day.

Project History

The development of alternatives and the required environmental studies are conducted in accordance with the N.C. State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).  The overall process for selecting the preferred alternative for the project includes:

  • Identify the purpose and need for the project
  • Collect data on the project study area
  • Develop preliminary alternatives
  • Evaluate the impacts of the preliminary alternatives
  • Recommend a design alternative
  • Engage the public through public meetings
  • Select the preferred alternative
  • Process the project as a Minimum Criteria Determination Checklist

Since mid-2017, NCDOT has held meetings with community leaders, local interest groups, business groups and affected business owners and neighborhood groups about the Rockfish 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 have been and will continue to be used to ensure meaningful involvement from the community. 

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 have been and will continue to be used to ensure meaningful involvement from the community.

Recommended Alternative

NCDOT has developed and refined the recommended alternative 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.

Public Involvement

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.  This will be an Open-House Public Meeting, you may stop by at any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Comments may be submitted until May 10, 2019.  

 

  Date

April 23, 2019

  Location

    

Tabernacle Baptist Church

3219 Lindsay Rd.

Raeford, NC 28376

  Hours

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

                                                    

                          

Public Meeting Maps:

 

 

Project Funding

 This project is listed as Project U-5857 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $ 29.8 million.

 

 

 Estimated Amount*

   Right of Way Acquisition

  $    5,159,000

   Construction

  $  24,673,000

,   Total Cost

  $  29,832,000

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

 

Project Timeline

 Milestone

                           Date*

  Public Meeting

                         April 2019

  Environmental Document                              July 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, AICP

Consultant Project Manager

RS&H

1520 South Boulevard, Suite 200

Charlotte, NC  28203

        704-940-4725

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

DRAFT Questions:

Would you like to be added to the project USPS mail or email list?

Please indicate where you live on the map. (will need to include an interactive map)

Where along the corridor do you travel for work?

Where along the corridor do you most frequently travel for shopping and personal trips?

In your normal travel along the corridor, which roads do you regularly use?

How would you rate safety along Gillis Hill Road?

Please list any areas of safety concerns along Gillis Hill Road.

How would you rate traffic flow along Gillis Hill Road?

Where do you think roadway improvements are needed along Gillis Hill Road?

What type of roadway improvements are needed along Gillis Hill Road?

Do you support the proposed roadway improvements as described in the Project Overview?

Is there any additional information or comment you wish to provide?