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R-5724: US-15-501-Pittsboro

R-5724: US-15-501-Pittsboro

The proposed project involves widening approximately 1.4 miles of U.S. 15-501 (Hillsboro Street) from Launis Street (just north of downtown Pittsboro) to Powell Place Lane (just south of U.S. 64) in Chatham County.

The existing undivided, two-lane typical section south of U.S. 64 will be widened to a three-lane roadway. 

The roadway will consist of:

  • two-lanes with a continuous center turn lane
  • curb and gutter
  • a five-foot sidewalk on the western side
  • a 10-foot multi-use path on the eastern side

 Intersections with collector roads will also be upgraded.

The roadway will remain open during construction and a detour will not be required.

 

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Purpose and Need:

The primary purpose of this project is to improve existing and projected traffic flow and operational efficiency on U.S. 15-501(Hillsboro Street).

The corridor is classified as a north-south principal arterial that provides a direct connection between downtown Pittsboro and US 64 and serves the inter-county travel demands between Chatham County and Orange and Durham counties.

Future traffic through the project study area will result in capacity deficiencies causing  congestion and delays.  The proposed project would address the need to increase capacity and enhance mobility for vehicles by allowing for an acceptable level of service (LOS) and keep the roadway functioning properly as a major arterial. The project also would enhance mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists along the corridor as they are not adequately served on the existing roadway. In addition, safety may be improved as rear end crashes are typically caused by slowing down due to congestion. On undivided highways with multiple driveways lacking dedicated turn lanes like U.S. 15-501(Hillsboro Street), slowing down may also be due to vehicles waiting to make left turns against oncoming traffic. The proposed improvements and addition of the dedicated turn lane will help to improve the flow of traffic and may improve safety along the roadway.  

 

Level of Service

Public Involvement

Public Meeting Summary

An Open-House Public Meeting was held on June 18, 2019 to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project.  Eight (8) local officials and 34 citizens attended the meeting. A summary of the comments received at the meeting, by mail/email, and through the project website survey are included below.

After reviewing the plans/typical section, how supportive are you of adding a center turn lane to U.S. 15-501 in the project area? 

                65%        Very Supportive

                32%        Somewhat Supportive

                3%          Unsupportive

 

How supportive are you of adding a sidewalk on the western side of the project?

                80%        Very Supportive

                13%        Somewhat Supportive

                6%          Neutral

 

How supportive are you of adding a multi-use path on the east side of the project?

                82%        Very Supportive

                12%        Not Sure

                6%          Somewhat Supportive

 

Are there community impacts that you are concerned about? 

                38%        Residences

                33%        Streams

                14%        Businesses

                10%        Parks

                5%          Churches

 

Is there any additional information that you would like to receive regarding the project?

                78%        No, I have the information needed

                22%        Yes, I need more information

 

General Summary of Comments

The majority of the respondents (more than 80%) were supportive (very or somewhat) of the addition of the turn lane as well as the sidewalk and multi-use path. Resources of concern were primarily residences, streams, and businesses.  Additional comments are listed below and the number of times the comment was received.

The turn lane is too wide and should be reduced to decrease impacts - 4
Concern for right-of-way impacts to residential properties along the roadway - 4
Recommended minimizing tree removal - 3
Concern over runoff/flooding - 3
Support for the project - 3
Question why a bypass is not being considered2
Concern over access impacts to businesses - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Funding

This project is listed as ProjectR-5724 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation  Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $6,419,000 million with  prior year costs of $650,000.

 

 Activity

 Estimated Amount*

  Construction  $       6,156,000
  Right of Way Acquisition  $         235 ,000
  Utilities  $            28,000
  Prior Year Costs  $          650,000
  Total Cost  $       7,069,000

* Estimated costs, subject to change.  

Project Timeline

 Milestone

    Date*

  25% Preliminary Design Completion

 Spring 2019

  Public Meeting

June 2019

  Environmental Documentation

Summer 2019

  Right of Way Acquisition 

Spring 2020

  Begin Construction

Spring 2021*

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Typical Section:

 


 

After reviewing the Typical Section above, how supportive of adding a center turn lane to U.S. 15-501 in the project area?
Very Supportive
Somewhat Supportive
Neutral
Somewhat Unsupportive
Very Unsupportive
Not Sure
Select a response
How supportive are you of adding a sidewalk on the western side of the project?
How supportive are you of adding a multi-use path on the east side of the project?
Are there impacts to community resources that you are concerned about?
Residences
Businesses
Streams
Parks
Churches
Other
Click to view results
Is there any additional information you would like to receive regarding the project?
No, I have all the information I need
Yes, I need more information
Select a response
Would you like to be added to the project email list?

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Jeffrey Teague, PE

Project Manager

NCDOT Highway Division 8

121 DOT Drive 

Carthage, NC  28327

910-773-8025

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Bruce Payne, PE

Consultant Project Manager

Atkins

1616 E. Millbrook Road, Suite 160

Raleigh, NC  27609

        919-431-5311

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