The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) proposes to relocate NC 119 in Mebane from I-85/40 to existing NC 119 near Mrs. White Lane (SR 1918) in Alamance County. The project is listed in the NCDOT’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as TIP Project No. U-3109.
The project is broken into two sections for construction, Section A and Section B. Section A extends from the NC 119 interchange with I-85/40 north to Mebane Rogers Road. Section B begins at Mebane Rogers Road and ends at existing NC 119 near Mrs. White Lane.
Existing NC 119, a mostly two-lane roadway, is routed through the city of Mebane along Fifth Street, US 70, Third Street, Graham Street and First Street, which causes through traffic to make several turns and stops through town. NC 119 travels through neighborhoods as well as the Central Business District (CBD) of Mebane. In downtown Mebane, NC 119 runs concurrently with US 70, and parallels the railroad to the south and many shops and businesses to the north.
The relocation of NC 119 was first presented in the Alamance County Urban Area Thoroughfare Plan in 1990. The NCDOT started planning and environmental studies for the project in 1994 and the first Citizens Informational Workshop was held in January 1995. Since then, citizen informational workshops, small neighborhood meetings, and a community-wide charette have been held.
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News and Updates
The current project schedule is subject to change, and depends on evaluation and ranking based on the Strategic Transportation Investments Law.
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In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Strategic Transportation Investments Act (House Bill 817), which changed the formulas the Department of Transportation and its local partners use to prioritize, schedule and fund proposed transportation improvement projects. More information on the STI process can be found at: http://www.ncdot.gov/strategictransportationinvestments/.
Projects throughout the state previously scheduled for right-of-way acquisition after July, 2015 are subject to reprioritization using the new formulas. The outcome of the reprioritization effort will be made available for public review in December, 2014 in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
Because the NC 119 project is subject to reprioritization, the right-of-way acquisition start date for Section A was moved to 2015. This allows us to avoid committing funds to right-of-way acquisition until a definitive project construction schedule is determined. Therefore, it is likely that the schedule for Section A will change again after the draft STIP is released.
The final roadway design plans for Section A are complete. The final design is based on detailed topographic and property boundary surveys and include utility relocations and stormwater drainage systems and structures. The NCDOT right-of-way agents use these plans in determining the right-of-way, permanent utility easements, and temporary construction easements that must be acquired prior to construction.
Project Overview and Purpose
NC 119 in Alamance County serves the dual functions of providing the primary regional north-south route between I-85 south of Mebane and US 58 in southern Virginia as well as providing north-south access to downtown Mebane. The project is needed to address the following existing and anticipated conditions.
- The City of Mebane is experiencing large amounts of growth and is anticipated to continue growing. According to the travel demand model for the Burlington-Graham Urban Area, existing NC 119, which is routed along a circuitous route through the town of Mebane on Fifth Street, US 70, and First Street, will not serve the anticipated future traffic for 2025. The existing and anticipated future traffic congestion along NC 119 would cause travel delays, increase the potential for accidents, and contribute to increased noise and air pollution.
- Motorists and emergency vehicles may not be able to get to all parts of town without experiencing train delays at existing at-grade railroad crossings, specifically Fifth Street and US 70. In addition, the railroad line that runs through the City of Mebane is part of the Southeast High Speed Rail Study Corridor.
- Currently, within the Alamance County Urban Area, few primary north/south routes exist and there are few circumferential roads in Mebane. Due to Mebane's convenient location to the Triangle and the Triad, existing NC 119 also serves commuter traffic for people working outside of Mebane and Alamance County.
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No planning or design activities are occurring at this time. The final plans are complete. Right-of-way acquisition will begin on the date to be determined by the STI project reprioritization process. For more information on the STI reprioritization process, go to: http://www.ncdot.gov/strategictransportationinvestments/
The final design plans are complete. Once dates for right-of-way acquisition and construction are established, the plans will be updated, if necessary, and turned over to our right-of-way agents to begin the acquisition process at the appropriate time.
Environmental Impact Statements
Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements for the NC 119 Relocation project were completed in 2007 and 2009, respectively. These reports document the project’s purpose and need; the alternatives considered and their impacts to area communities, cultural and natural resources; coordination with the public; and local, state and federal agency input.
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the project was approved by the Federal Highway Administration on December 22, 2009. This is the final decision document, approving the selected alternative, Alternative 9, and specifying commitments made during the project planning process to mitigate project impacts to various resources. A copy of the ROD is attached below. Keep the pdf of the ROD.
DEIS and Section 4f documents
FEIS and Section 4f documents
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the project was approved by the Federal Highway Administration on December 22, 2009. This is the final decision document, approving the selected alternative, Alternative 9, and specifying commitments made during the project planning process to mitigate project impacts to various resources. The ROD also identifies all alternatives considered, the environmental factors evaluated, measures to avoid and minimize harm, as well as comments on the FEIS.
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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.