Project Overview

STIP Project HL-0008G involves adding left turn lanes on all four legs of the Lake Wheeler Road/Hilltop Needmore Road intersection.

A right turn lane at the intersection will be evaluated for westbound Hilltop Needmore Road.

The corner radius for each leg of the intersection will also be improved to better accommodate truck turns.

In 2019, NCDOT recorded an average annual daily traffic volume of 5,800 vehicles per day (vpd) on Lake Wheeler Road and 9,600 vpd on Hilltop Needmore Road. No left turn lanes currently exist at this intersection and left turning traffic blocks through traffic, resulting in queues and delays for traffic along both roads.  The proposed improvements will improve traffic flow and operation at the intersection of Lake Wheeler Road and Hilltop Needmore Road. 


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.

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Project Funding: 


Estimated Amount*  


$      790,000   


$   2,300,000   

  Total Costs

$ 3,090,000   

* Estimated costs are subject to change. 

Project Timeline: 



  Approved Designs

Spring 2023  

  Right of Way Acquisition

Spring 2023  

  Begin Construction

 Fall 2025  

 Construction Complete

Fall 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 4426 


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Project Contact:

Matthew Nolfo

NCDOT Division 5 

Senior Project Engineer

1575 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1575

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

Right of way Acquisition Process Videos

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