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The project logo U-6024 / R-3608- US 401 - NC 39 - improvements - Louisburg

The project logo U-6024 / R-3608- US 401 - NC 39 - improvements - Louisburg

The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes two adjacent roadway improvement projects, U-6024 and R-3608, that are being combined.

U-6024 consists of converting U.S. 401/ N.C. 39 from Burke Boulevard to N.C. 56/ N.C. 581 (Nash Street) from a five lane to a four lane median divided section.

R-3608 proposes to widen U.S. 401/ N.C. 39 from N.C. 56/ N.C. 581 (Nash Street) to Main Street (S.R. 1229) to a four-lane median divided section.

Three design concepts are currently being evaluated to address traffic operations and safety in the study area.

All three alternatives propose improving the entire corridor to a median divided facility.

  • Alternative 1 proposes traditional widening and conventional intersection improvements with a single U-turn on the corridor.
  • Alternative 2 utilizes Reduce Conflict Intersection (RCI) principles to improve efficiency along the corridor by routing some left turning movements through U-turns.
  • Alternative 3 proposes improvements using roundabouts at three major intersections along the corridor.

An alternative will be selected for improvements on the project corridor after consideration of input from internal NCDOT, the public, local officials and project stakeholders.


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Purpose and Need:

STIP project U-6024 / R-3608 proposes to convert U.S. 401/ N.C. 39 to a 4-lane divided section from (Burke Boulevard) to N.C. 56 / N.C. 581 (Nash Street) and widen U.S. 401 / N.C. 39 from N.C. 56/ N.C. 581 (Nash Street) to Main Street (S.R. 1229) in Louisburg, Franklin County.

The primary purposes of the projects are to address congestion, delays and safety concerns on U.S. 401/ N.C. 39. Bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements along the corridor are also proposed in Franklin 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 NC.DOT in 2010)


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

(Federal Highway Administration report, Nov. 2017)


For more information about RCI please visit the follwoing weblink:

Roundabout Intersection

A roundabout is easy to drive through once you understand how it works. As you approach it, you’ll see a yellow “roundabout ahead” sign, indicating you should slow down. 

For more information about Roundabout's please visit the follwoing weblink:

Public Involvement

Public Meetings

A public meeting will be held on Nov. 7, 2019 in Louisburg, NC to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project's design.  


  November 7, 2019


 Louisburg College Jordan Student Center 

 501 N Main Street 

 Louisburg, NC 27549


  4-7 p.m.


Public Meeting Maps:

Will Be made available Soon.


Project Funding

This project is listed as Project U-6024 and R-3608 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $34.4 million.


 Estimated Amount*

   Property Acquisition   $   5,897,000
   Utiliy Costs   $   1,000,000
   Construction Costs   $  27,490,000  
   Total Cost   $  34,369,000

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

Project Timeline



 PE Funding Approved   Spring 2017
 Notice to Proceed issued to consultant   Spring 2018
 Project Scoping Meeting   Summer 2018

  Public Meeting 

   Fall  2019

 Environmental Document    Summer 2020
  Right of Way Acquisition     Spring    2021
  Construction Begins    Spring     2023

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Zahid Baloch, PE

NCDOT Project Engineer

NCDOT Division Highway 5

1573 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1573

[email protected]



Steve Brown, PE

Project Consultant


555 Fayetteville Street, Suite 900 

Raleigh, NC  27607

[email protected]



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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Do you live or commute or operate a business along this route?
Have you been in or witnessed any traffic issues ( i.e. congestion, accidents)?
Do you have a comment you want to submit to the project team.