I-3306A: I-40 Widening - Orange County

The proposed project involves widening an 11.4-mile segment of I-40 in Orange County from the I-85/I-40 interchange to the Durham County line. Improvements would include adding an additional travel lane in each direction, bringing the total number of lanes from four to six. The existing 46-foot median will be reduced to 22 feet in order to accommodate the additional lanes and a concrete median barrier will be added. The existing 10-foot paved outside shoulders will be widened to 12 feet. Improvements to interchange areas are also being considered to accommodate future traffic demands.


 

Vicinity Map:

Purpose and Need:

The purpose of the proposed project is to relieve peak hour congestion on this facility such that a level of service (LOS) D or better can be maintained for the 2040 build condition.  Other desired outcomes would be to improve the traffic flow and continuity between the existing eight-lane section at the beginning of the project (I-85) and the six-lane section at the end of the project (Durham County Line). 

Improving travel conditions on I-40 to a Level of Service “D” or better throughout this portion of the freeway from I-85 to the Durham County Line, will have a direct and positive impact on traffic flow and continuity experienced by the public using this corridor. Daily commuting between points west of I-85 and US 15-501 should also experience fewer delays.

Public Involvement

Public Meetings

The first public meeting was held in June of 2014.

A public meeting will be held on January 24, 2019 to present project maps and receive public input.

  Date

            Thursday,

      January 24, 2019

 Passmore Center
 Great Hall
 103 Meadowlands Drive
 Hillsborough, NC 

  Begin Time

  4 p.m.

  End Time

  7 p.m.

                          

Public Meeting Maps:

Map 1:  I-40 at I-85

Map 2:  Old N.C. 86 Vicinity

Map 3:  New Hope Church Rd Vicinity

Map 4A:  Alternate 4A - N.C. 86 Vicinity

Map 4B:  Alternate 4B - N.C. 86 Vicinity

Map 5:  Sunrise Rd Vicinity

Map 6:  Erwin Rd Vicinity

Project Funding

 This project is listed as Project I-3306Ain the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $160.2 million.

 

 

 Estimated Amount*

   Property Acquisition

  $  6.5 Million

   Construction Costs

  $ 157.7 Million

   Total Cost

  $ 160.2 Million

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

 

Project Timeline

 Milestone

    Date*

  Public Meeting #1

   June 2014

  Public Meeting #2

   January 24, 2019

  Environmental Document -  Cateforical Exclusion     March 2019
  Right of Way Acquisition    2021
  Construction    2023

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project History:

The project is included in the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  The project description in the STIP calls for widening I-40 from I-85 to the Durham County line to a 6-lane facility.  The first public meeting for the project was held on June 10, 2014, during which the project development process and proposed improvements were introduced to the public.  Project studies were then suspended while transportation funding priorities were reviewed.  At this time the project is funded in the STIP and project studies have resumed. 

The proposed project involves federal funds and will comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  NEPA requires agencies seeking federal funds to identify a purpose and need for the project, review and disclose the human and environmental effects of the proposed project alternatives, allow the public an opportunity to comment throughout, and prepare an environmental report.  To accomplish those requirements, a Public Meeting will be held on January 24, 2019 to review project proposals with the public.  A Federal Categorical Exclusion environmental document will be prepared and is anticipated to be completed in March, 2019.  Right of Way acquisition is scheduled for 2021 and construction in 2023.

Overview:

The proposed project involves widening an 11.4-mile segment of I-40 in Orange County from the I-85/I-40 interchange to the Durham County line. Improvements would include adding an additional travel lane in each direction, bringing the total number of lanes from four to six. The existing 46-foot median will be reduced to 22 feet in order to accommodate the additional lanes and a concrete median barrier will be added. The existing 10-foot paved outside shoulders will be widened to 12 feet. Improvements to interchange areas are also being considered to accommodate future traffic demands.

Two options are proposed at the NC 86 interchange. 

Option 4A (One Way Pair) provides a one-direction, two-lane realignment of Eubanks Road through a portion of the Northwoods neighborhood that would intersect NC 86 opposite  Perkins Road.  The realigned portion of Eubanks Road would accommodate traffic traveling from Eubanks Road to NC 86.  Access to Eubanks Road from NC 86 would be provided at an intersection near the existing Eubanks Road/NC 86 intersection.

Option 4B (Superstreet) provides a Superstreet concept at Eubanks Road and Perkins Road.  Under this concept, left turns out of Eubanks Road onto NC 86 would be prohibited.  Motorists desiring to travel north on NC 86 from Eubanks Road would turn right (south) on NC 86 and turn north on NC 86 at a U-turn bulb-out located near Perkins Road.  All other traffic movements (Right-in, Right-out, and Left-in) would be provided at the intersection of Eubanks Road and NC 86 near that existing intersection.  

After reviewing the maps do you have comments or questions on the proposal?

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Gene Tarascio

Project Manager

NCDOT Project Management Unit

1595 Mail Service Center 

Raleigh, NC  27699-1595

gtarascio@ncdot.gov   

         919-707-6046

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION 

Erik Midkiff, P.E. 

Consultant Project Manager

CALYX Engineers and Consultants

6750 Tryon Road

Cary, NC  27518

e[email protected]

        919-858-1820

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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.  

 

Relocation Assistance Brochure                                                 Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure                             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions