The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to improve U.S.158 (Reidsville Road) from multi-lanes north of U.S. 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.
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.
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 NCDOT in 2010)
15% Reduction in crashes at signalized RCI intersections, compared to conventional intersections
(Federal Highway Administration report, Nov. 2017)
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 U.S. 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.
A public meeting was held on Oct. 10, 2019 in Winston-Salem, NC to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project's design.
October 10, 2019
Gospel Light Baptist Church
890 Walkertown-Guthrie Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Public Meeting Maps:
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 $53.7 million.
|Property Acquisition||$ 8,269,000|
|Construction Costs||$ 45,400,000|
|Total Cost||$ 53,669,000|
* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on NCDOT STIP.
|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
PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott D. Blevins, PE
900 Ridgefield Drive, Suite 350
Raleigh, NC 27609
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.