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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 is proposing two adjacent roadway improvement projects, U-6024 and R-3608.

U-6024 would convert 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 roadway.

R-3608 would 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 proposes use of Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) principles to improve efficiency along the corridor by routing some left turning movements through U-turns.
  • Alternative 3 proposes 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.

 

Vicinity Map:

 

 

 

 

 

Purpose and Need

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.

Proposed Typical Sections

The proposed typical section within the limits of STIP Project Nos. U-6024/R-3608 is a four-lane median divided roadway.  The proposed typical cross section includes: 

         

 

Both Alternatives:

Four travel lanes (two in each direction)

23-foot raised median

Median width varies depending on the presence of left-turn lanes

Curb and gutter along inside and outside travel lanes

Five-foot sidewalks

 

Bicycle provisions (see graphics below)

Where five-foot bicycle lanes are proposed, the typical cross section includes four 12-foot travel lanes

Where bicycle lanes are not proposed, the typical cross section includes two 12-foot inside lanes and two 14-foot outside travel lanes

 

 

                                       

                                                                                                                                

Typical Section with Five-Foot Bike Lanes

                                                                                           

Typical Section without Bike Lanes

 

 

Additional right-of way and temporary easements may be required for construction. During construction, traffic will be maintained within the existing corridor with temporary lane and shoulder closures.
 
There are utilities located in the project area that may need to be relocated as part of this project. NCDOT will coordinate with residences, businesses, and utility companies as the project progresses.

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)

 

For more information about RCI please visit the follwoing weblink:

https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/Transportation/safety-mobility/superstreets/Pages/default.aspx

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. 

 

  • Remember to give larger trucks and buses extra room, as they might need to straddle the lane.
  • Big trucks should use the concrete island – called the truck apron – to help drivers maneuver around the roundabout.
  • Never enter a roundabout while an emergency vehicle using flashing lights and sirens is passing through. If drivers are already in the roundabout, exit first, then pull over to let the emergency vehicle pass.
  • Bicyclists should pick the appropriate lane before entering a multi-lane roundabout and stay in the middle of their chosen lane. Do not ride along the shoulder of the roundabout.
  • Drivers should not pass a bicyclist while inside the roundabout.
  • Pedestrians should use marked crosswalks along the outside of the roundabout, and not walk through the middle of it.

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

https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/Transportation/safety-mobility/roundabouts/Pages/default.aspx

Public Involvement

Public Meetings

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

Date:

  November 7, 2019

  Location:

 Louisburg College Jordan Student Center 

 501 N Main Street 

 Louisburg, NC 27549

  Time:

  4-7 p.m.

                                                              

U-6024 / R-3608 Public meeting handout

Public Meeting Maps:

Alternative Map 1: Conventional - Burke Boulevard to North of Noble Street​

Alternate Map 2: Conventional - North of Noble Street to Main Street 

Alternate Map 1: Reduced Conflict Intersection - Burke Boulevard to North of Noble Street

Alternate Map 2: Reduced Conflict Intersection - North of Noble Street to Main Street

Alternate Map 1: Roundabout - Burke Boulevard to North of Noble Street

Alternate Map 2: Roundabout - North of Noble Street to Main Street

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

 Milestone

    Date*

 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

 

 

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Zahid Baloch, PE

NCDOT Project Engineer

NCDOT Division Highway 5

1573 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1573

         919-707-6012

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Steve Brown, PE

Project Consultant

HDR

555 Fayetteville Street, Suite 900 

Raleigh, NC  27607

        919-900-1647

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

Would you like to be added to the project email list?
Do you live or commute or operate a business along this route?
Check the corresponding box regarding your preferred intersection concept.
 Alternative 1 (Conventional)
 Alternative 2 (Reduced Conflict)
 Alternative 3 (Roundabout)
 No Preference
Select a response
Check the corresponding box regarding your overall opinion of the proposed project.
Support the Project
Support the Project with Revisions
Oppose the Project
No Preference
Select a response
Have you been involved in or witnessed any traffic issues ( i.e. congestion, accidents)?
Involved in traffic congestion
Witnessed traffic congestion
Involved in minor traffic accident
Witnessed minor traffic accident
Involved in major accident
Witnessed major traffic accident
Select a response
Would you ride your bicycle along U.S. 401/N.C. 39 if bicycle accommodations were available?
Yes, bike lanes 
Yes, multi-use path 
Yes, bike lanes or multi-use path 
No 
Select a response
Do you have general comments on the proposed improvements to U.S. 401/N.C. 39 or specific comments on the three alternatives under consideration?