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The project logo R-2577A-US158-Walkertown-area

The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to improve U.S.158 (Reidsville Road) from multi-lanes north of US 421/I-40 Business to Belews Creek Road (S.R. 1965) in Forsyth County.

The project, R-2577A, is approximately 5.8 miles and will include Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCI’s) to improve safety and operations.  The RCI’s will add U-turn movements and median crossovers at intersections which will eliminate through-movements from side-streets, minimize the number of vehicular conflict points, and reduce the potential for angle and rear-end crashes.

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Purpose and Need:

STIP project R-2577A proposes to widen U.S. 158 (Reidsville Road) from north of U.S. 421 / I-40 Business to Belews Creek Road (S.R. 1965) in Forsyth County.

 

The purpose of the project is to improve the traffic carrying capacity and level of service along U.S. 158 within the project limits. The project is needed to correct existing transportation deficiencies that cause additional travel delays, increase the potential for accidents and contribute to the inefficient operation of motor vehicles.  

What is a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI)?

As urban areas grow and traffic congestion increases, the N.C. Department of Transportation continues to look for creative solutions for improving mobility and safety. Corridors with growing traffic volumes and high-crash rates are good candidates for a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI).

A Reduced conflict intersection is a general term used to describe several types of designs that may be used to improve safety and traffic flow on a highway. While there are variations to the designs, they all function the same at reducing conflicts for drivers and pedestrians - hence the term Reduced Conflict Intersection.

With the most common type of RCI 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 may be a traffic signal at this location.

 

46% Reduction in crashes at unsignalized RCI intersections, compared to conventional intersections

(N.C. State final report to NC.DOT in 2010)

 

15% Reduction in crashes at signalized RCI intersections, compared to conventional intersections

(Federal Highway Administration report, Nov. 2017)

Project History:

NCDOT completed the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) in December 2018. The EA/FONSI covers all three segments of the U.S.158 (Reidsville Road) corridor. from multi-lanes north of US 421/I-40 Business in Forsyth County to U.S. 220 (I-73) in Stokesdale (Guilford County). NCDOT and the consultant have continued work on Section A of the project. The design for this section has been refined and provides changes that minimize property impacts and improves traffic operation. Revised plans will be presented to the public on October 10, 2019.

Public Involvement

Public Meetings

A public meeting will be held on Oct. 10, 2019 in Winston-Salem, NC to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project's design.  

Date:

  October 10, 2019

  Location:

 Gospel Light Baptist  Church 

 890 Walkertown-Guthrie Road 

 Winston-Salem, NC 27101

  Time:

  4-6 p.m.

                                                              

Public Meeting Maps:

R-2577A-U.S. 158 - Map1: Old Greensboro Road to Stanley Avenue

R-2577A-U.S. 158- Map 2: Angel Drive to Esther Lane

R-2577A-U.S. 158 - Map3: Knoll Ridge Drive to Vance Road

R-2577A-U.S. 158 - Alternative Map at Wlkertown Community Park

 

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project R-2577A in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $53.7 million.

 

 Estimated Amount*

   Property Acquisition   $   8,269,000
   Construction Costs   $  45,400,000  
   Total Cost   $  53,669,000

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

 

Project Timeline

 Milestone

    Date*

  Public Meeting 

   October  2019

  Right of Way Acquisition     March       2020
  Construction Begins    October     2021

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Connie James, PE

Division Project Engineer

NCDOT Division Highway 9

375 Silas Creek Parkway

Winston-Salem, NC  27127

[email protected]

         336-747-7800

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Scott D. Blevins, PE

Project Consultant

RK&K

900 Ridgefield Drive, Suite 350

Raleigh, NC  27609

[email protected]

        919-653-7390

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

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