The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) proposes the widening and extension of SR 2601 (Macy Grove Road) from SR 4319 (Industrial Park Drive) to NC 150 (North Main Street) near Kernersville in Forsyth County. The Macy Grove Road Improvements project consists of two State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) projects: U-2800 and U-4734, which have been combined into one project for assessing impacts. As part of STIP project U-2800, the NCDOT proposes widening existing Macy Grove Road from near Industrial Park Drive to SR 2042 (Old Greensboro Road) and extending Macy Grove Road on new location from Old Greensboro Road to north of SR 1005 (Old US 421/East Mountain Street). U-2800 will also include constructing an interchange where Macy Grove Road currently crosses I-40 Business and constructing bridge crossings over the Norfolk Southern Railroad and Old US 421/East Mountain Street. As part of U 4734, the project will extend Macy Grove Road on new location from north of Old US 421/East Mountain Street to NC 150 (North Main Street).
News and Updates
In June 2011, the NCDOT distributed a newsletter to the project mailing list announcing that Alternative 2 has been selected as the Preferred Alternative. The decision to select Alternative 2 as the Preferred Alternative was made after NCDOT met with federal and state resource and permitting agencies to review the project alternatives and impacts, discuss comments received on the Environmental Assessment (EA), and to discuss the Public Hearing and postcard survey comments. As a result of comments received from the public and coordination with federal, state, and local agencies, it is the finding of the Federal Highway Administration and the NCDOT that the proposed project will have no significant impacts on the quality of the environment. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been prepared, that together with the information presented in the EA, provides sufficient information to conclude an environmental impact analysis is not required. Next steps for the project will include the preparation of final designs for Alternative 2 in preparation for right-of-way acquisition and construction. Property owners affected by the project will be contacted by NCDOT Right-of-Way Agents during the right-of-way acquisition phase of the project. According to the 2011-2020 Draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the U-2800 portion of the project is funded for right-of-way acquisition in federal fiscal year 2013 and for construction in federal fiscal year 2015. Currently, neither right-of-way acquisition nor construction is scheduled prior to fiscal year 2020 for the U-4734 portion of the project.
Project Overview and Purpose
The Macy Grove Road improvements and extension will provide a link between I-40 Business and NC 150 (N. Main Street) north of Kernersville. Other potential benefits that may result from the proposed project include:
- Reducing congestion in downtown Kernersville and at the NC 66/NC 150 interchange, and
- Providing a segment of the future Town of Kernersville Loop Road.
The Kernersville Loop Road is included in the Town of Kernersville Thoroughfare and Street Plan, the mutually adopted Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Thoroughfare Plan, and the 2035 Winston-Salem Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan.
Why is this action needed?
No direct link currently exists between I-40 Business and NC 150 (North Main Street) north of Kernersville. The Town of Kernersville roadway infrastructure is configured in a radial pattern where all major routes come together in the center of town. Under existing conditions, traffic from residential areas north of the town must funnel through the downtown area to reach employment centers to the east (Greensboro areas) and west (Winston-Salem areas).
The project would provide a direct north/south route between NC 150 (North Main Street) and I-40 Business. Sections of NC 150 (North Main Street) and NC 66 are currently over capacity, while East Mountain Street is projected to be over capacity in the near future. In addition, large planned industrial and commercial development areas around the existing Macy Grove Road bridged crossing of I-40 Business would be served by this project.
The Macy Grove Road improvements and extension will involve state and federal funds. Any Agency that proposes a project involving federal funds must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For more information please see the Full Study Process Document.
- June 2011 NCDOT completes the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) documenting the Preferred Alternative selection made as a result of the Environmental Assessment and public input provided.
- June 2011 NCDOT distributed Newsletter Number 4
- April 2011 state and federal agencies identified Alternative 2 as the preferred alternative.
- February 2011 NCDOT distributed a postcard survey requesting input from the public to assist in choosing the preferred alternative.
- November 2010 NCDOT held a Pre-Hearing Open House and Public Hearing to answer project related questions and to receive public comments on the project.
- October 2010 NCDOT distributed Newsletter Number 3 notifying the public of the upcoming Public Hearing and of the Environmental Assessment document and project alternative design maps availability.
- September 2010 NCDOT completes Environmental Assessment.
- August 2009 state and federal agencies identified project alternatives to be further developed and evaluated in the Environmental Assessment.
- July 2009 NCDOT distributed Newsletter Number 2 presenting alternatives developed for the project and requesting public input.
- June 2008 NCDOT held first public meeting requesting public input on the need for and purpose of the project.
- May 2008 NCDOT distributed Newsletter Number 1 advertising the June 2008 public meeting.
Archived Project Information
Project Hotline: 1-800-233-6315 (English & Spanish)
Vince Rhea, P.E.
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: (919) 707-6039
- Address: 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
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.