US 401 is an important link between Fayetteville, Lillington and Raleigh. In recent years, it has seen an increase in traffic because of growth in the region. The purpose of the US 401 Corridor Study is to identify deficiencies in the existing corridor and develop alternatives for accommodating future growth in traffic volumes.
Areas under consideration are part of this regional study of the US 401 Corridor and include congested sections on US 401, NC 55 and NC 210. The proposed project extends roughly 39 miles from north of Fayetteville in Cumberland County to north of Fuquay-Varina in Wake County.
News and Updates
The project is included in the approved 2012-2018 North Carolina State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as STIP R-2609 and is programmed for planning and environmental studies only. Right of way acquisition and construction are currently unfunded and are not expected to occur until sometime after 2023. The project schedule is subject to change, however.
UPDATE: Selection of Detailed Study Alternative Corridors
Forty-four prospective project corridor segments were being considered for detailed study. In late 2011, nine of those corridor segments were eliminated from further study. The 35 remaining segments will proceed for more detailed fieldwork, analysis and design. The selected detailed study corridor segments can be viewed under the maps section at the top of this page.
Citizens Informational Workshop Materials
Project Overview and Purpose
The purpose of the project is to increase the traffic carrying capacity, increase safety and reduce travel time along the US 401 corridor within the project limits.
Why is this action needed?
The proposed project addresses the following needs within the project area:
- US 401 is a regionally important route, serving as a commuter corridor between Harnett, Wake and Cumberland counties. By 2035, portions of US 401 will operate at or above capacity.
- By 2035, travel time along this 39-mile portion of US 401 is expected to increase substantially.
- Fatal accident rates for US 401 within the project limits are higher than the statewide average.
The project should reduce travel time for commuters traveling to Raleigh, RTP and Fort Bragg, and improve freight movement in the corridor. The project should reduce the accident rate in urban areas through design features that will address accident potential as traffic volumes grow. Connectivity should be enhanced between Fuquay-Varina in Wake County, Lillington in Harnett County and Fayetteville and Fort Bragg in Cumberland County.
Public involvement is an important part of the project development process. NCDOT encourages citizen involvement with transportation projects and will consider public suggestions and address their concerns. The US 401 Corridor Study project team has reached out to the public through various meetings and events, and will continue to do so throughout the project duration.
A newsletter (January 2010) notifying property owners that the study is underway was mailed to all those on the project mailing list. Several small group meetings and other local meetings have taken place and more will be planned.
In July 2011, a second newsletter (Newsletter No. 2) notifying property owners in the study area of a series of public workshops to be held in Cumberland, Harnett and Wake Counties was mailed to all those on the mailing list.
A notice of future informational workshops as well as any future public hearings will be placed in local papers and will be sent by mail to area residents and property owners. No public meetings or hearings are currently scheduled.
To add your name to the project mailing list or to provide your comments on this project, please Contact Us.
Development of preliminary alternatives has been completed.
Alternative corridor segments shown at a series of public workshops in 2011 have been reviewed and a majority of those shown have been retained for further detailed studies. As discussed under the news and updates section, detailed studies are expected to begin in the Spring of 2012 and last until Spring 2014. Following the detailed studies results will be published and will be made available for public review and comment and a series of public hearings will be held.
Written comments are being accepted. NCDOT will continue collecting data within each alternative study corridor during the project development process (see below).
Project Development Process
The US 401 Corridor Study involves federal funds. Any agency that proposes a project involving federal funds must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is a law that requires federally funded projects to consider the environmental impacts of their proposals. A major part of the NEPA process is the preparation of an environmental document. An environmental impact statement will be prepared for this project.
This project will follow the NEPA/Section 404 Merger Process. The merger process combines portions of the Section 404 (of the Clean Water Act) permitting process with the NEPA decision making process. The merger process is a formalized agency participation program that streamlines the development of a project. A merger team, consisting of NCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the NC Division of Water Quality and other federal and state agencies will make decisions and achieve concurrence on key aspects of the project. Click here for additional information on the merger process.
John Richards, P.E.
NCDOT Project Planning Engineer
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- Address: 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Kirk Stull, PE
HDR Engineering of the Carolinas, Inc.
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Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.