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U-5307: U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard)

U-5307: U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard)

​Preliminary Engineering Activities for this project
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This project is included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as Project Number U-5307


Planning and development is underway on a proposed project to convert U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard) to a controlled-access highway from I-540 in Raleigh to Purnell Road/Harris Road (S.R. 1931) in Wake Forest. 

This project is intended to improve traffic congestion and reduce travel times along U.S. 1. 

A controlled-access highway is one on which access is provided only via ramps at interchanges.  Some cross-streets will be grade-separated and no driveway connections will be allowed on U.S. 1. 

  • Traffic signals on the mainline of U.S. 1 within the study area are proposed to be removed and replaced with interchanges at:

  • Durant Road/Perry Creek Road
  • Burlington Mills Road
  • Falls of Neuse Road/U.S. 1A (Main Street)
  • Purnell Road/Harris Road
  • Existing interchanges at I-540, N.C. 98 Bypass (Dr. Calvin Jones Highway), and N.C. 98 Business (Durham Road) will be modified.
  • A grade separation (bridge) is planned at Jenkins Road/Stadium Drive.
  • A third through-lane is being studied as part of this project on I-540 westbound at the U.S. 1 interchange to modify the existing lane drop.
  • NCDOT will study service roads and local connections to maintain regional mobility and access to properties along the corridor.


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Upgrading to a controlled-access highway would help relieve congestion experienced in the corridor and improve travel time reliability. U.S. 1 currently carries between 32,000 and 65,000 vehicles per day and is anticipated to carry between 44,000 and 75,000 vehicles per day in 2040 (No Build scenario). Travel times along U.S. 1 are highly variable, making it difficult for drivers to plan trips. A trip in the PM peak hour on at least one segment of the U-5307 corridor can take up to four times longer than trips at non-peak times.

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Terry Farr, PE

Senior Project Manager
NCDOT Project Management Unit 
[email protected]

Project Phone:

984-205-6615  project code 3243