PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The N.C.  Department of Transportation is proposing to extend Jacksonville Parkway (S.R. 2714) from N.C. 53 (Western Boulevard) to U.S. 17 (New Bern Highway), a distance of approximately 4 miles. The proposed project is divided into two segments:

U-5791A   Construction of a new location four-lane roadway from N.C. 53 (Western Boulevard) to Ramsey Road

U-5791B   Widening of Ramsey Road from two lanes to four lanes from the new location roadway to U.S. 17 (New Bern Highway)

The corridor is a mixture of residential and commercial uses and serves as a commuter route to and from Camp Lejeune. The Jacksonville Parkway extension will serve as an important connector to Western Boulevard and U.S. 17, improving overall mobility in the area.

The proposed project is located in northeast Jacksonville, which is located in Onslow County.  The City of Jacksonville is the 14th largest city in North Carolina and is home to the largest Marine Corps base on the east coast, Camp Lejeune, and also to the Marine Corps air station New River. The project study area is located partially within the City of Jacksonville’s limits and partially within unincorporated Onslow County.

The Department of Defense is one of the largest employers for the county, employing over 91,000 people.  It is projected for the number of jobs to increase to 150,000 in Onslow County by 2045. Camp Lejeune is located approximately 5.5 miles southeast of the proposed project, and the Marine Corps Air Station is located approximately 4.5 miles southwest of the project.

Onslow County has an economy that is focused mainly on tourism and commercial activity geared toward Camp Lejeune.  U.S. 17 and U.S. 258 are used as primary tourist commuter routes to coastal communities. The proposed project is located approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the New River and downtown Jacksonville. Jacksonville Commons and Richard Ray Park are two prominent recreational resources located within the project vicinity, which increases the demand for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities in the area.

According to Jacksonville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (JUMPO) 2045 MTP, long-term goals for the area include congestion reduction, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, multimodal integration, safety and security, and system preservation.

TRAFFIC AND LEVEL OF SERVICE

There are several intersections along the Western Boulevard corridor that currently operate under congested conditions and “fair” to “poor” Level of Service (LOS)* at peak hours (AM or PM). LOS D (approaching unstable flow) is considered “fair” conditions. LOS E (unstable flow) and LOS F (breakdown in flow) are considered “poor” conditions.  While traffic operations along Ramsey Road do not indicate congested conditions at this time, increases in traffic are expected to worsen traffic conditions along the roadway in the future and decrease LOS along the roadway.

  • Traffic levels along Ramsey Road are expected to increase 100-225% over the next 20 years
  • Traffic along Western Boulevard is expected to increase 24-57% in the next 20 years
  • Traffic along U.S 17 is expected to increase 37-69% during this same time period

There are limited options for transportation access in this area of Jacksonville.

*The relationship of travel demand compared to the roadway capacity determines the level of service (LOS) of a roadway. Six levels of service identify the range of possible conditions. Designations range from LOS A, which represents the best operating conditions, to LOS F, which represents the worst operating conditions. 

 

PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT

The Jacksonville Urban Area MPO’s (JUMPO) 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) states that the Jacksonville Parkway Extension Project is an important connection needed to enhance mobility, improve accessibility, and provide an alternative connection to U.S. 17.

The primary purposes of the proposed project are to:

  • Provide an alternate route to alleviate existing and future congestion along existing roadways

The project will help alleviate congestion along existing roadways by distributing vehicles to the alternative route, as well as by increasing roadway capacity along Ramsey Road.

  • Provide an alternative route to enhance mobility along Western Boulevard and U.S. 17

The new location roadway will provide an alternative route for drivers to avoid congestion along existing roadways.

  • Provide additional access to development

The new location roadway will provide additional access to existing and future development in the project area, including Jacksonville Commons and the Onslow County Emergency Services complex.

CORRIDOR ALTERNATIVE SCREENING

The project team developed a screening process for the development and evaluation of alternatives. The first screening determined which general concepts should be eliminated from further consideration based on whether they meet the purpose and need.  In addition to the No-Build Alternative, five general approaches were considered, including system strategies (Travel Demand Management [TDM] and Transportation System Management [TSM}), mass transit, new location alternatives, and improvements to the existing roadway.

First Screening Results – General Approaches

 

The second screening of the corridor alternatives evaluates the ability of each of the five potential corridors to meet the project’s purpose and need based on the established screening criteria as well as design considerations, traffic operations, and impacts to the human and natural environments. The screening compares corridor concepts and eliminates those that are unreasonable, impractical, and/or have higher impacts or less improvement to traffic flow. 

 

ALTERNATIVES CARRIED FORWARD FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION 

  • Alternative 1A – New Northwestern Alignment and Ramsey Widening
  • Alternative 1B – New Northwestern Alignment and Ramsey Widening
  • Alternative 2A – New Southeastern Alignment and Ramsey Widening
  • Alternative 2B – New Southeastern Alignment
  • Alternative 3   – Improve Existing Western Boulevard and New Bern Highway

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Please review the individual alternatives below and provide any comments.

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Please rank the Alternatives in your order of preference. (Drag and Drop)

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Maps of potential corridors.  Please remember - corridors are typically 1,000 feet wide however the roadway right of way will typically be 160 feet or less.

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Alternative 1A (Green)

Alternative 1B (Blue)

Alternative 2A (Tan)

Alternative 2B (Pink)

Alternative 3 (Gold)


Interactive Maps

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Alternative 1A (Green)

Alternative 1B (Blue)

 

Alternative 2A (Tan)

Alternative 2B (Pink)

 

Alternative 3 (Gold)

 

NEXT STEPS

This virtual public meeting is presenting information on the alternatives being evaluated, to obtain public input. 

Preliminary designs for the overall corridor will be advanced and evaluated in the Environmental Assessment (EA). 

The EA is expected to be completed early in 2022, followed by a design public hearing.  A Preferred Alternative will be identified for the project and presented in a final environmental document. 

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HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

2007       

NCDOT completed a Feasibility Study that identified the need for a new connector between Western Boulevard and U.S. 17 

2015        

Jacksonville Urban Area MPO 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan recommended the Jacksonville Parkway Extension 

2017        

NCDOT Highway Division 3 began project development, environmental and engineering studies for the project (October 2017)

2018

A project newsletter was sent to surrounding residents, elected officials and other local officials in October of 2018. The newsletter introduced the project and provided an overview of the need for the project and overall development process.

ESTIMATED COSTS 

  Activity

        Estimated Cost*

Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation

$   15,965,000 

Construction Costs

$   31,680,000 

Total Cost

$   47,645,000 

* Estimated Costs as shown in Current 2018-2027 STIP and are subject to change


U-5791A:

Right of Way Acquisition $5.6 M

Construction $18.1 M 

 

U-5791B:*

Right of Way Acquisition $10.3 M

Construction $13.6 M 

*U-5791B is currently unfunded for ROW and Construction


TIMELINE

 Milestone

Date*

Public Meeting

Summer 2021

Environmental Document          (Environmental Assessment) 

Early 2022

Design Public Hearing 

Spring 2022

Right of Way Acquisition                (U-5791A only)

Summer 2022

Construction              (U-5791A Only)

Summer 2024

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.  U-5791A is funded for ROW and Construction.  U-5791B is not currently funded for ROW or Construction.


 

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in any meetings.   If you need assistance under ADA, please either email ([email protected]) or call (984-205-6615 and enter code 2342).

Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to any meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Aquellas personas que no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.


 

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION

Trace Howell

NCDOT Project Manager

NCDOT Division 3

5501 Barbados Blvd

Castle Hayne, NC

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Robert Boot

Consultant Project Manager

Atkins

1616 E. Millbrook Rd. Suite 160

Raleigh, NC  27609


 [email protected]

984-205-6615  code 2342

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

Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces

Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure

Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions