The NC Department of Transportation Planning is underway to widen and improve NC 147 (Durham Freeway) between Interstate 40 (I-40) and the planned East End Connector (TIP No. U-0071) in Durham County. This project is approximately 7 miles in length. This project is included in the current State Transportation Improvement Plan as U-5934.
Purpose and Need:
Project U-5934 proposes to widen and improve N.C. 147 (Durham Freeway) between Interstate 40 (I-40) and the planned East End Connector (TIP No. U-0071) in Durham County.
NC 147 (Durham Freeway) is currently four lanes from I-40 to the planned East End Connector. This corridor serves as a major urban commuter route, linking I-540 to I-85 through downtown Durham. It is heavily traveled by local residents and daily commuters, suffering from heavy congestion during peak-hours. The primary purpose of the project is to improve traffic operations on NC 147 by addressing capacity deficiencies.
An environmental study called a Categorical Exclusion is being prepared to consider the environmental effects of the project. Design and traffic studies are underway. Various alternatives are being evaluated for widening NC 147 including widening to six lanes (three lanes in each direction) or eight lanes (four lanes in each direction). Development and evaluation of project alternatives include traffic, crash, community and natural resource data, as well as stakeholder and public input.
A feasibility study for this project was completed in March 2017. Planning and design work for the project began in summer 2018 and scoping meetings for the project were held with state and federal resource and regulatory agencies and local staff in September 2018. The project is listed on Connect 2045, the Research Triangle Region’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan (as amended in January 2019) for 2045. The plan calls for NC 147 to be widened to eight lanes.
This project is listed as Project U-5934 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and is funded for $179 million.
|Project Development & Design||
|Property Acquisition||$ 2,148,000|
|Construction Costs||$ 177,100,000|
|Total Cost||$ 179,548,000|
* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on NCDOT STIP.
|Begin Project Studies||July 2018|
Scoping and Merger Screening Meeting
|Draft CE||August 2019|
|Public Meeting||October 2019|
|Environmental Decision||November 2019|
|Right of Way Acquisition||2023|
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION
NCDOT Project Managment Team Division 4 & 8
1595 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1595
PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION
Roadway Practice Leader
KCI Associates of NC
4505 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 400
Raleigh, NC 27609-6270
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.