Why do we need to widen Gillis Hill Road?

The primary need for the proposed project is to address the anticipated increase in traffic volumes, as noted above. The project would also ease congestion during peak hours, improve safety and accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The number of commuters traveling from surrounding communities through Rockfish to Fort Bragg and Fayetteville is also expected to increase. The proposed project would address the projected future traffic conditions and maintain acceptable levels of service (LOS) in the vicinity of the Rockfish community. Construction of U-5798A will also replace the structurally deficient bridge over Little Rockfish Creek.

Concepts Considered

Two alternatives were initially evaluated for managing future traffic in the Gillis Hill Road corridor.

  • Maintaining the existing two-lane roadway but making improvements (turn lanes) at key intersections. 
  • Widening to a four-lane roadway with median.

A traffic forecast was completed (Year 2040 traffic volumes) and an operations analysis was conducted to compare the two alternatives in regard to maintaining acceptable levels of service along Gillis Hill Road. The analysis determined that the four-lane roadway with median would be the most effective option for managing the 2040 projected traffic volumes and was evaluated as the recommended alternative for improvements to Gillis Hill Road.   

After reviewing environmental and community impacts, NCDOT developed the design of the recommended alternative. This design was based on the proposed typical section included in the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan dated April 16, 2014 and the traffic projections prepared by NCDOT.  

A public meeting was held on April 23, 2019 where the public was given an opportunity to comment on the recommended alternative. Project maps were available for the community to review and provide input on the proposed design. The public comment response summary is available for review at the link below. 

Recommended Alternative

The recommended alternative will include the following in both Sections A and B:

  • Four 12’ travel lanes
  • 17.5’ raised median
  • 5’ sidewalks, 4’ bike lanes, and 2’- 6” curb and gutter (all on both sides)

Additional turn lanes and added storage lane capacity at key intersections

 Proposed Typical Section

 Stoney Point Road to End of Project

Community Outreach

Since mid-2017, NCDOT has held meetings with community leaders, local interest groups, business groups and affected business owners and neighborhood groups about the Gillis Hill Road widening project.

The objective of the community outreach program is to solicit input through an open, dynamic process that includes as many residents, business owners, property owners, local agencies, community groups and other stakeholders within the project study area as possible. This process is structured to involve people early and often and to share information as it becomes available.

A variety of techniques have been and will continue to be used to ensure meaningful involvement from the community.


Responses to questions and comments received during 2019 public comment period

Public Involvement

Public participation and feedback are integral to the project development process. By sharing your ideas and concerns, you can help us identify appropriate transportation solutions in your community.

Comments and Questions should be submitted online using this webpage or by emailing  Gillis-Hill-Rd@publicinput.com.


Public Meetings

A public meeting was held on April 23, 2019 to obtain public input regarding the project's design.  


Public Meeting Maps:

U-5798: Gillis Hill Road Widening

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project U-5798 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded below as shown by section:



Estimated Cost*

   Right-of-Way Acquisition$     2,437,000
   Utilities $        715,000
   Construction$   11,735,000
  Total Cost$   14,887,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on NCDOT STIP.


Project Timeline

U-5798A - Under Costruction July 2022





  Right of Way Acquisition 

         Summer 2023

  Construction Begins

       August 2025

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Question title

Would you like to be added to the U-5798 (Gillis Hill Road project) email list?



John Conforti

Senior Project Manager

NCDOT Project Management Unit

1582 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1582


984-205-6615  Project code 3887



Comments may be submitted below, via phone, email (Gillis-Hill-Rd@publicinput.com), or U.S. Mail to the Project Manager listed above, or at any meeting. 

All comments received carry equal weight, regardless of submission method. 

All comments will be reviewed and suggestions/recommendations

incorporated into designs where feasible.   


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

Right of way Acquisition Process Videos

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