U-6021: Fayetteville Road
U-6021: Fayetteville Road
Preliminary Engineering Activities for this project
have been suspended.
The N.C. Department of Transportation and the City of Durham are proposing to widen Fayetteville Road (S.R. 1118) from a 2-lane road to a 4-lane road with a median from Woodcroft Parkway to Barbee Road (S.R. 1106) in Durham. A 5-foot sidewalk on the west side and a 10-foot multi-use path are proposed on Fayetteville Road, pending a cost share agreement between NCDOT and the City of Durham. This proposed design was developed in coordination with the City of Durham and based on input from the public.
Fayetteville Road is used heavily as a commuter corridor and provides access to Southpoint Mall and I-40. The purposes of the project are:
Address congestion through the design year of 2040. Traffic is expected to increase on this road from about 15,000 vehicles per day today to about 22,000 vehicles per day in 2040.
Improve safety. The crash rate for the study corridor during the past five years was notably higher than the average for similar roads in the state (570.02 vs 255.33 crashes per million vehicle miles traveled).
This project will also improve mobility. For drivers, it will connect the existing 4-lane section south of Woodcroft Parkway with the City’s proposed project (ST-264) to widen Fayetteville Road to four lanes north of Barbee Road. For bicyclists and pedestrians, it will provide continuous multi-modal facilities connecting with the American Tobacco Trail, existing bus stops, and other destinations.
The proposed typical section for this project includes four 11-foot lanes with a 23-foot median from Woodcroft Parkway to Barbee Road (S.R. 1106), a 5-foot sidewalk on the west side and a 10-foot multi-use path on the east side of Fayetteville Road.
According to the Durham Comprehensive Plan (2017), the proposed project is in an area that is expected to accommodate a large proportion of Durham’s growth through greenfield development, infill, and redevelopment and consists of land for low to medium density residential development, employment centers, and commercial and industrial activity. To accommodate this future growth and subsequent increased traffic volumes, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2017) recommended widening Fayetteville Road to a four-lane divided road with sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and bus facilities. This is consistent with the Connect 2045 and The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2018) as well. Traffic along the corridor also experiences higher-than-average crash rates. Therefore, this corridor was identified in the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as an area needing improvements.
NCDOT began the planning and design of Project U-6021 in 2018. An open-house public meeting was held on December 6, 2018 to present background information and an initial concept design for this project.
Based on comments received following the public meeting, the NCDOT project team, in cooperation with the City of Durham, proposes to make the following changes to the project:
The design at the unsignalized intersections (Obie Drive, Hemmingwood Drive, Ebon Road, and Pearson Drive/Wortley Drive) is now proposed to restrict left turns out of the side streets. Left-turns from these unsignalized side streets onto Fayetteville Road will be accommodated with a U-turn at the adjacent signalized intersection.
The Hemmingwood Drive, Obie Drive, and Ebon Road intersections also have been modified to accommodate passenger vehicle U-turns, and the Ebon Road U-turn bulb will be large enough to accommodate delivery trucks.
The project now proposes a 5-foot sidewalk on the west side of Fayetteville Road and a 10-foot multi-use path on the east side of Fayetteville Road rather than the sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides as previously proposed at the public meeting.
Sidewalk and bike-lane accommodations are proposed on Pearson Drive, Juliette Drive, and Cook Road to connect the existing American Tobacco Trail with the proposed improvements on Fayetteville Road.
Bus curbside pull-outs and stop improvements are being considered in coordination with GoDurham.
Proposed Typical Section
Public Meeting #1
Public Meeting #2
Right-of-Way Acquisition Begins
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
This project is listed as Project U-6021 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $20 million.
Project Development & Design
Right of Way Acquisition
* Estimated costs are subject to change