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U-6021: Fayetteville Road

U-6021: Fayetteville Road

The N.C. Department of Transportation and the City of Durham are proposing to widen Fayetteville Road (S.R. 1118) from a 2-lane road to a 4-lane road with a median from Woodcroft Parkway to Barbee Road (S.R. 1106) in Durham. A 5-foot sidewalk on the west side and a 10-foot multi-use path are proposed on Fayetteville Road, pending a cost share agreement between NCDOT and the City of Durham. This proposed design was developed in coordination with the City of Durham and based on input from the public.

Fayetteville Road is used heavily as a commuter corridor and provides access to Southpoint Mall and I-40. The purposes of the project are:

  • Address congestion through the design year of 2040. Traffic is expected to increase on this road from about 15,000 vehicles per day today to about 22,000 vehicles per day in 2040.

  • Improve safety. The crash rate for the study corridor during the past five years was notably higher than the average for similar roads in the state (570.02 vs 255.33 crashes per million vehicle miles traveled).

This project will also improve mobility. For drivers, it will connect the existing 4-lane section south of Woodcroft Parkway with the City’s proposed project (ST-264) to widen Fayetteville Road to four lanes north of Barbee Road. For bicyclists and pedestrians, it will provide continuous multi-modal facilities connecting with the American Tobacco Trail, existing bus stops, and other destinations.

Vicinity Map

 

 

Project Highlights

The proposed typical section for this project includes four 11-foot lanes with a 23-foot median from Woodcroft Parkway to Barbee Road (S.R. 1106), a 5-foot sidewalk on the west side and a 10-foot multi-use path on the east side of Fayetteville Road.

Project History

According to the Durham Comprehensive Plan (2017), the proposed project is in an area that is expected to accommodate a large proportion of Durham’s growth through greenfield development, infill, and redevelopment and consists of land for low to medium density residential development, employment centers, and commercial and industrial activity. To accommodate this future growth and subsequent increased traffic volumes, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro  Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2017) recommended widening Fayetteville Road to a four-lane divided road with sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and bus facilities. This is consistent with the Connect 2045 and The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2018) as well. Traffic along the corridor also experiences higher-than-average crash rates. Therefore, this corridor was identified in the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as an area needing improvements.

 

Public Involvement

NCDOT began the planning and design of Project U-6021 in 2018. An open-house public meeting was held on December 6, 2018 to present background information and an initial concept design for this project.

Based on comments received following the public meeting, the NCDOT project team, in cooperation with the City of Durham, proposes to make the following changes to the project:

  • The design at the unsignalized intersections (Obie Drive, Hemmingwood Drive, Ebon Road, and Pearson Drive/Wortley Drive) is now proposed to restrict left turns out of the side streets. Left-turns from these unsignalized side streets onto Fayetteville Road will be accommodated with a U-turn at the adjacent signalized intersection.

  • The Hemmingwood Drive, Obie Drive, and Ebon Road intersections also have been modified to accommodate passenger vehicle U-turns, and the Ebon Road U-turn bulb will be large enough to accommodate delivery trucks.

  • The project now proposes a 5-foot sidewalk on the west side of Fayetteville Road and a 10-foot multi-use path on the east side of Fayetteville Road rather than the sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides as previously proposed at the public meeting.

  • Sidewalk and bike-lane accommodations are proposed on Pearson Drive, Juliette Drive, and Cook Road to connect the existing American Tobacco Trail with the proposed improvements on Fayetteville Road.

  • Bus curbside pull-outs and stop improvements are being considered in coordination with GoDurham.

Proposed Typical Section      

 

Project Timeline

Milestone

Date*

Public Meeting #1

December 2018

Project Update Survey

June 2019

Public Meeting #2

Fall 2019

Environmental Document

Fall 2019

Approved Designs

Spring 2021

Right-of-Way Acquisition Begins

FY 2021

Construction Begins

FY 2023

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project U-6021 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $20 million.

 

Estimated Amount*

Project Development & Design

$500,000

Property Acquisition

$5,151,000

Construction Costs

$13,770,000

Total Cost

$20,039,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change

Survey

Please answer the following questions redarding the project updates described and depicted above.
Survey responses will be taken into consideration as the project develops.
Please provide your comments by July 12, 2019.

Would you like to be added to the project mail or email list?
1. How often do you use Fayetteville Road?
Most days (e.g., to get to work or school, drop off kids, or other)
Often (e.g., to use as a cut-through or come to a destination on the corridor)
Occasionally (e.g., when my phone’s map tells me to come this way to avoid traffic backups)
Rarely
Closed to responses
2. Where are your major destinations along or near the Fayetteville Road corridor? (check all that apply)
Business/Shop
Place of worship
Residence
Work
Solite Park
Other (list below)
Closed to responses
3. Where do you notice delays along the corridor as a driver? (check all that apply)
At the intersection with Woodcroft Parkway
At the intersection with Cook Road
At the intersection with Juliette Drive
At the intersection with Barbee Road
Other locations (describe below)
Closed to responses
4. Do you walk along Fayetteville Road?
Yes, in the sections where there are sidewalks
Yes, on the grass next to the road near ___________ (describe below)
No, but I would like to near ___________ (describe below)
No, and I’m unlikely to
Closed to responses
5. Do you bike along Fayetteville Road?
Yes, on the road with vehicles
Yes, in the sections where there are sidewalks
No, but I use the American Tobacco Trail
No, but I would like to
No, and I’m unlikely to
Closed to responses
6. Do you use public transit along Fayetteville Road?
Yes, it is convenient for me
Yes, but it could be improved near ___________ (describe below)
No, but I would like to near ___________ (describe below)
No, and I’m unlikely to
Closed to responses
7. How do you feel about the proposed bicycle/pedestrian changes? (5-foot sidewalk on west side and 10-foot multi-use path on east side)
In support of the proposed design changes
Prefer that the previously proposed bike lanes (on both sides) be maintained in the design
Concerned that the proposed design won’t meet the needs of the bicycle and pedestrian users
Concerned about pedestrians and bicycles sharing the multi-use path
Other (describe below)
Closed to responses
8. How do you feel about the proposed median access change at the unsignalized intersections? (No left-turns from unsignalized side streets onto Fayetteville Road)
In support of the change, believe it will improve traffic safety and flow
Prefer the previously proposed full movement unsignalized intersections
Concerned about making a U-turn at the adjacent intersection
Other (describe below)
Closed to responses

Comments/Questions

Any additional comments may be submitted via:

  • phone or U.S. Mail to the Project Managers listed at the bottom of this page;

  • email to [email protected];

  • 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. 

Project Contact Information

Robert Boot

NCDOT Project Contact

(919) 431-5276

1616 East Millbrook Road, Suite 160

Raleigh, NC 27609-6899

Teresa Gresham, P.E.

Kimley-Horn Project Manager

(919) 677-2194

421 Fayetteville Street, Suite 600

Raleigh, NC 27601

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.

Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions