Project Overview

STIP Project HL-0008H involves improvements at the intersection of Lake Wheeler Road and Simpkins Road. Proposed work at this intersection includes the addition of left turn lanes in both directions, a northbound right turn lane on Lake Wheeler Road, and a westbound right turn lane on Simpkins Road.

Proposed work at this intersection includes

  • addition of left turn lanes in both directions on Lake Wheeler Road

  • a northbound right turn lane on Lake Wheeler Road

  • a westbound right turn lane on Simpkins Road

Lake Wheeler Road is a highly traveled corridor with a 2019 average daily traffic volume of 13,000 vehicles per day. At the Simpkins Road intersection, Lake Wheeler Road has no dedicated turn lanes to allow turning vehicles to move out of the through travel lane. Left turning traffic at this intersection blocks through traffic, resulting in queues and delays for traffic along Lake Wheeler Road. The proposed project will improve traffic flow and operations on Lake Wheeler Road at Simpkins Road.

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The Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law includes a provision for a funding allocation to local governments based on funding contributed by the local government to transportation projects or revenue from tolling. This bonus allocation can be used to fund the construction of other eligible highway projects.

Early in 2020, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) received notice from NCDOT that there would be a bonus allocation to CAMPO from the N.C. 540 project. This intersection project was one of several selected by CAMPO for the bonus allocation funding. NCDOT began project development work for the project in early 2021.


Project Funding: 


Estimated Amount*  

  Project Development & Design$ 150,000   


$ 150,000   


$ 1,400,000   

  Total Costs


* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on currently adopted N.C. State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Project Timeline: 



  Approved Designs


  Right of Way Acquisition

August 2022  

  Begin Construction

 Summer 2024  

  End Construction

Summer 2026  

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Comments

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Project Email:

Project Phone Number: 984-205-6615 enter project code 8667

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Project Contact:

John Braxton

NCDOT Division 5 

DM-STIP Engineer

1573 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1573

Project Contact:

Jay McInnis, PE

Director of Project Development

Ramey Kemp Associates

5808 Farringdon Place

Raleigh, NC  27609


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.  

Right-of-Way Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

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