Project Overview

State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Project No. HL-0008C proposes extending an existing right turn lane on northbound N.C. 50 (Benson Road).  The project begins at the commercial driveway for the State Employees Credit Union, north of Timber Drive, and connects to the existing right turn lane beginning just south of New Rand Extension, a distance of approximately 300 feet. A sidewalk will also be added on the east side of N.C. 50 between Timber Drive and New Rand Extension.

In 2019, NCDOT recorded an Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) volume of 15,000 vehicles per day (vpd) on N.C. 50 north of Timber Drive and 20,500 vpd south of Timber Drive. The existing intersection of N.C. 50 and Timber Drive experiences congestion due to a bottleneck in the project area, north of the intersection along N.C. 50.

An AADT of 15,000 cannot be supported on a two-lane road without causing delays. Connecting these turn lanes will provide a second northbound lane on N.C. 50 between Timber Drive and New Rand Extension, which will reduce traffic queues on N.C. 50.

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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 (toll road) project. This project, on N.C. 50, 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$ TBD 


$ 100,000 


$ 525,000 

Total Costs


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

Project Timeline: 



 Approved Designs

Early 2022

 Right of Way Acquisition

June 2022

 Begin Construction

 July 2024

 End Construction


* 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 4805   


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Project Contact:

Zahid Baloch, P.E.

NCDOT Division 5 

Senior Project 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


Project Email:

Project Phone Number: 984-205-6615 enter project code 4805   




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
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