U-5707 Gillis Hill Road Extension
U-5707 Gillis Hill Road Extension
Preliminary Engineering Studies have restarted for this project.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to extend Gillis Hill Road approximately 1.5 miles on new alignment to create a four-lane, median-divided facility in Hoke County as STIP Project U-5707. The project begins on Rockfish Road in the vicinity of Westfield Drive/Eastfield Drive and ends on Gillis Hill Road near Celtic Drive. The project will connect with U-5798 and U-5857 to create a four-lane corridor through the Rockfish community. The combined projects will include traffic signals at key intersections and a grade-separated crossing of the active Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad line.
Purpose and Need:
The Gillis Hill Road Extension would provide a new route and allow traffic to avoid the existing at-grade crossing of the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad line at Lindsay, Rockfish, and Phillipi Church Roads. This unsignalized intersection is difficult to navigate safely during peak travel times, and traffic delays are common for the heavy left turning movements from Phillipi Church Road and Lindsay Road onto Rockfish Road. The proposed new alignment roadway is anticipated to carry between 15,500 and 22,500 vehicles per day, alleviating future congestion on adjacent facilities.
Two options were initially evaluated for managing future traffic in the Gillis Hill Road Extension corridor.
• Building a two-lane roadway with stop controls (signalized and unsignalized) at key intersections
• Building to a four-lane, median-divided roadway with traffic signals and turn lanes in key locations
A traffic forecast was completed (Year 2040 traffic volumes) and an operations analysis was conducted to compare the two concepts in regard to maintaining acceptable levels of service.
The analysis indicated that the four-lane concept will be the most effective option for managing the 2040 projected traffic volumes. The proposed design recommendations for projects U-5798 and U-5857 will widen both Gillis Hill Road and Rockfish Road to four-lane, median-divided facilities as well.
Following the traffic operations analysis and the selection of the four-lane Concept as recommended, NCDOT decided to evaluate two four-lane design Concepts for U-5707.
- Four-lane divided facility on new location, west of the central Rockfish community, beginning on Rockfish Road in the vicinity of Westfield Drive/Eastfield Drive and ending on Gillis Hill Road south of Celtic Drive
- Includes a grade-separated rail crossing and interchange with Phillipi Church Road near School Drive
- School Drive would be closed at the existing at-grade rail crossing
- Rockfish Road would remain open at the existing at-grade rail crossing Lindsay Road
- Four-lane divided facility on new location aligning Rockfish Road and Lindsay Road
- Includes a grade-separated rail crossing
- School Drive would remain open at the existing at-grade rail crossing
- Rockfish Road would be closed at the existing at-grade rail crossing
- Lindsay Road would end in a cul-de-sac north of the rail line
- Two new connections from the new alignment roadway to Rockfish Road would be provided, one on each side of the rail line
A public meeting was held on April 23, 2019 in Rockfish to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project's design.
|April 23, 2019|
Tabernacle Baptist Church
3219 Lindsay Road
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Public Meeting Maps:
This project is listed as Project U-5707 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and is funded for $6.5 million.
|Property Acquisition||$ 867,000|
|Total Cost||$ 6,544,000|
* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on NCDOT STIP.
|Environmental Document||Summer 2019|
|Right of Way Acquisition||March 2020|
|Construction Begins||March 2022|
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION
NCDOT Project Management Unit
1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582
All comments received carry equal weight, regardless of submission method.
All comments will be reviewed and suggestions/recommendations
incorporated into designs where feasible.
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.