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W-5517 - U.S. 421 and N.C. 902 - Bear Creek

W-5517 - U.S. 421 and N.C. 902 - Bear Creek

The NC Department of Transportation is proposing to upgrade intersection at U.S. 421 and N.C. 902 to a reduced conflict intersection in Chatham County.


What is a Reduced Conflict Intersection?

A reduced-conflict intersection is a general term used to describe several types of designs that can be used to improve safety and traffic flow on a highway. 

With the most common type of reduced-conflict intersection design,​ drivers on the main ​road follow their usual paths, but raised medians redirect drivers from the side road into turning right. When there is a safe opening in traffic, drivers turn right to easily enter the flow of traffic on the main route. 

To go the other direction, or cross the highway, they pull into a dedicated lane, typically less than 1,000 feet away, to make a U-turn. There might be a traffic signal at this location.

Although there are variations to the designs, they all function the same by cutting more than half the potential locations, o​​r conflict points, where drivers and pedestrians can collide – hence the term “reduced-conflict intersection.” 

Vicinity Map:


Purpose and Need:

Project W-5517 is located at the intersection of U.S. 421 and N.C. 902 in Chatham County, NC. 

The primary purpose for this project is to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection.



Public Involvement

Public Meetings

A public meeting was held on August 20, 2019 in Bear Creek to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project's design.  



  August 20, 2019


 Sandy Branch Baptist Church   

 715 Sandy Branch Church Rd.

 Bear Creek


  5-7 p.m.



Public Meeting Map


Map 1: U.S. 421 & N.C. 902 Intersection



Project Funding

Project W-5517 is not listed in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program.  The project is not currently funded.



 Estimated Amount*

   Right of Way / Utilities   $ 100,000
   Construction   $  736,500
   Total Cost   $  836,500

* Estimated costs are subject to change. 


Project Timeline



  Public Meeting 

 August 20, 2019


* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


John Grant

Region Traffic Engineer

NCDOT Capital Region

1561 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1561

[email protected]


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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