The Northern Durham Parkway was developed by the Durham Joint City-County Planning Commission in response to local citizen concerns with the proposed Durham Northwest-Northeast Loop. The "Northern Durham Parkway Alternate Evaluation" analyzes the potential impacts of the Parkway on the human and natural environments, and determines the Parkway's eligibility for funding, environmental agency support, and adherance to the purpose and need for transportation improvements.
The Northern Durham Parkway was evaluated based on 3 key factors:
- Is the Northern Durham Parkway eligible for funding by the 1989 Highway Trust Fund Act as a “loop project”?
- Is the Northern Durham Parkway supported by federal and state environmental regulatory and resource agencies?
- Does the Northern Durham Parkway meet the purpose and need of reducing travel demand and relieving traffic congestion on the existing and planned arterial roadway network?
The decision making process requires concurrence at five major stages listed below from a Project Team consisting of members from local, state, and federal agencies:
- Purpose and Need
- Alternatives Selection for Detailed Study
- Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative
- Minimization of Impacts
- Mitigation of Impacts
Environmental issues include the NEPA/Section 404 Merger Process, Environmental Impacts, Permits, and Regulatory/Resource Agency Comments. An inventory of environmental resources in the project area was developed to evaluate impacts of the Northern Durham Parkway and to determine permit requirements.
As part of the project scoping process, a letter was sent to the following local officials and federal and state regulatory/resource agencies to request comments concerning the impacts of the Northern Durham Parkway:
- US Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permit
- NC Section 401 Water Quality Certification Permit
- Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act Compliance
- Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act
- US Army Corps of Engineers Replacement Lands
Traffic Volumes/Traffic Reduction
Does the Northern Durham Parkway meet the purpose and need of reducing travel demand and relieving traffic congestion on the existing and planned arterial roadway network including streets such as Cole Mill Road, Guess Road, Roxboro Road, Old Oxford Road and/or Hamlin Road?
Study Alternate Evaluation Reports
For more in depth information please refer to the April 29th NCDOT Presentation (history, project information and funding only) and the June 11th handout listed below:
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Durham Northwest and Northeast Loop
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: 1-800-554-7849
- Address: PO Box 30923, Raleigh, NC 27622
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.