Public Involvement

 

A public meeting was held on Monday, July 22, 2019  to present project maps and receive public input.

 

Project Highlights

NCDOT is studying two concepts to improve Glenwood Avenue / U.S. 70 through the project area:

Concept 1- Upgrade U.S. 70 / Glenwood Avenue to a 6-lane median-divided roadway with Reduced Conflict Intersection elements

Concept 2- Upgrade U.S. 70 / Glenwood Avenue to an 8-lane median-divided roadway with traditional, full movement intersections  

What is a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI)?

With the most common type of RCI, drivers on the main road follow their usual paths, but raised medians redirect drivers from the side road. When there is a safe opening in traffic, drivers turn right to easily enter the flow of traffic on the main route. To go the other direction, or cross the highway, they pull into a dedicated lane, typically less than 1,000 feet away, to make a U-turn. There may be a traffic signal at this location. Reduced conflict intersections simplify how traffic is moved through the area, making travel safer and quicker. By removing most of the crossing conflicts, an RCI typically results in less severe crashes.

 

Benefits of an RCI:

• Improves safety for motorists and pedestrians

• Accommodates more traffic volume without increased delays

• Allows for the City or NCDOT to adjust the timing of the traffic signals to control the speed at which

drivers move through the corridor

• Requires less right-of-way or property impacts than adding travel lanes or building an interchange

Project History

The section of Glenwood Avenue / U.S. 70 between I-540 and Hilburn Drive has been the subject of extensive long-range planning at both the state and local levels, including:

  • In 1988, the U.S. 70 Corridor Plan identified Glenwood Avenue as a “Gateway Corridor” into Raleigh and proposed facilities between the Durham County line and Duraleigh Road to provide alternative access to properties along Glenwood Avenue.

  • In 1992, The U.S. 70 Corridor Study recommended improvements to U.S. 70 / Glenwood Avenue from the Durham County line to Duraleigh Road. The Study proposed widening Glenwood Avenue, intersection improvements at several locations, and improvements to the vertical alignment.

  • The City of Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan is a long-range policy document that provides vision and guidance for growth and development in the City. The Plan identifies Glenwood Avenue as a Through Truck Route. The Plan recommends that U.S. 70 / Glenwood Avenue be widened to six lanes for the length of the project. The Long Term Planned Bicycle Facilities Map recommends separated bikeways along the project and recommends several greenway trails crossing U.S. 70. The plan was initially adopted in 2009 and was updated in 2019.

  • The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, last adopted or amended by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) in 2018, recommends widening the U.S. 70 corridor from four lanes to six lanes through the project area.

Funding

 

 Estimated Amount*
Utilities$      1,200,000  
Right of Way                    $    37,100,000  
Construction$    84,200,000  
Total Cost$  122,500,000  

* Costs subject to change

Project Timeline

 

MilestoneDate
Project RestartTBD  
Environmental Document completeJune 2027  
Right-of-Way Acquisition beginsFebruary 2029  
ConstructionTBD - currently unfunded  

* Future dates subject to change

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION   

                 

Terry Farr, PE

Senior Project Manager

NCDOT Project Management Unit

1582 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

 

984-205-6615   Project Code 4224

[email protected]

Project Comments:

 
The public comment period closed on August 19, 2019. All comments received have been taken into consideration.

Question title

Would you like to be added to the project email list?

Question title

Please check the box regarding your overall opinion of the proposed project.

Support the Project
49%
Support the Project with Revisions
40%
Oppose the Project
10%
No Opinion
1%
Closed to responses | 88 Responses

Question title

Please check the box regarding which alternative you prefer.

Alternative 1 (6-lane roadway)
63%
Alternative 2 (8-lane roadway)
37%
Closed to responses | 84 Responses

Question title

Do you have comments on the proposed improvements to U.S. 70 (Glenwood Avenue)? Please explain.

Closed for Comments

Question title

Are there other comments or questions you would like to provide to the project team?

Closed for Comments

RESOURCES FOR PROPERTY OWNERS 


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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