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Proposed Extension of Fire Tower Road Vicinity Map
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Pitt
  • Type of Project: Widening and New Location
  • STIP Number: U-5006
  • Estimated Cost: 20.5 Million
Proposed Extension of Fire Tower Road

Description

The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to extend Fire Tower Road (S.R. 1708) from the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass to Memorial Drive (N.C. 11/903) in Pitt County, NC near the City of Greenville and the Town of Winterville.

NCDOT is proposing to extend Fire Tower Road from the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass to Memorial Drive.

The primary purpose of the proposed project is to provide improved east-west system connectivity between Memorial Drive and the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass (TIP Project No. R-2250), while also relieving traffic congestion on Forlines Road (S.R. 1126) in the design year. Additionally, the proposed improvements will offer a better means of access to Pitt Community College, other local destinations in the Greenville/Winterville area, and adjacent residential developments.

News and Updates

  • In March 2011, NCDOT began the environmental planning for TIP Project U-5006 as a pilot project under NCDOT’s new streamlining process.
  • In January 2012, a scoping meeting was held with NCDOT and state & federal environmental agencies to introduce the Merger team to this project and discuss potential concerns and resources.
  • NCDOT recently held a Citizens’ Informational Workshop on May 8, 2012 at the Pitt Community College Goess Center to discuss the project, inform people about the planning process, and gather feedback related to the proposed alternatives and the community’s vision for this facility.
  • Citizens Informational Workshop Handout
  • Project Schedule
    • Environmental Assessment: February 2014
    • Final Environmental Document: January 2016
    • R/W Acquisition: Fiscal Year 2020
    • Construction: Currently unfunded
  • No recent news releases.

Project Overview and Purpose

  • Provide improved east-west system connectivity between Memorial Drive and the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass.
  • Relieve traffic congestion on Forlines Road, both now and in the future.
  • Create better means of access to local destinations in the Greenville/Winterville area.

Why is this project needed?

  • Fire Tower Road, Memorial Drive, and Reedy Branch Road (S.R. 1311) are expected to be operating over capacity by the year 2035. In addition to these capacity deficiencies, Davenport Farm Road (S.R. 1128) and Forlines Road will be approaching capacity by the year 2035.
  • The area around the proposed project is growing and the current roadway network cannot sustain the future traffic growth by such traffic generators as Pitt Community College, the Town of Winterville, and increased housing development in the western portion of the Greenville MPO. In addition to the increasing development, the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass is expected to bring even more traffic to this area.

Project Traffic Data (AADT)

Forlines Rd. Davenport Farm Rd. Fire Tower Rd. Memorial Dr.
Current Year (vpd) 2008 4,500-5,100 3,500-6,700 27,000 18,000-33,000
Design Year (vpd) 2035 9,000-17,000 3,400-17,200 36,200 28,600-40,200

VPD = Vehicles per Day. Data Source: AADT maps & Greenville Urban Area CTP.

Project Highlights

The Greenville Urban Area 2009-2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) recommended the extension of Fire Tower Road from Memorial Drive to Forlines Road as the 6th highest priority in the county. This includes the construction of a multi-lane urban facility that will involve a combination of both widening and new location sections. The LRTP also recommended the widening of Forlines Road to a multi-lane urban road from the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass to N.C. 11 as the 19th highest priority in the county.

In order to address both the local vision for the project and the community’s needs, NCDOT proposes to extend Fire Tower Road from the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass to Memorial Drive. The proposed project is approximately 2.7 miles and would involve the widening of some sections of existing roadway from 2 lanes to a 4-lane section divided by a median.. The precise location of the proposed improvements has not been determined at this point, but there are currently 5 alternatives under consideration. These alternatives include the following:

  • Alternative 1: Begins at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road, and then continues west, then south on new location in order to parallel Reedy Branch Road before intersecting Forlines Road at the intersection with Reedy Branch Road. This alternative then proceeds west along Forlines Road to the interchange with the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass. As part of this alternative, Forlines Road will be widened along the existing Swift Creek crossing.
  • Alternative 2: Begins at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road, then continues west on new location to intersect Reedy Branch Road. This alternative then proceeds south along Reedy Branch Road to Forlines Road. Finally, this alternative continues west along Forlines Road to the interchange with the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass. As with Alternative 1, Forlines Road will be widened along the existing Swift Creek crossing.
  • Alternative 3: Begins at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road, then proceeds west, then south on new location in an alignment similar to Alternative 1. However, this alternative intersects Reedy Branch Road (SR 1131) north of Forlines Road and continues on new location to intersect Forlines Road near Forbes Road (SR 2106). This alternative proposes a new stream crossing of Swift Creek. Finally, this alternative continues the proposed four-lane divided section west on Forlines Road to the interchange with the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass.
  • Alternative 5: Begins at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road, then continues west on new location, crossing Reedy Branch Road and tying into existing Davenport Farm Road near the Swift Creek crossing. This alternative then proceeds along existing Davenport Farm Road until it intersects with Dickinson Avenue (U.S. 13/264).
  • Alternative 6: Begins at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road , then continues west on new location, crossing Reedy Branch Road and tying into existing Davenport Farm Road near the Swift Creek crossing. This alternative then proceeds along existing Davenport Farm Road until it curves off to the southwest and ties into the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass at the interchange with Forlines Road.

Contact Information

Kristine A. O’Connor, P.E.
Project Development Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone:
    (919) 707-6034
  • Address:
    1548 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Gary Lovering, P.E.
Roadway Design Engineer

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  • Phone:
    (919) 707-6271
  • Address:
    1582 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Neil Lassiter, P.E.
Division Engineer

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  • Phone:
    (252) 439-2800
  • Address:
    P.O. Box 1587
    Greenville, NC 27835

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