RALEIGH TheN.C. Department of Transportationis currently at work on a project to improve 3.8 miles of Ray Road from N.C. 210 to Overhills Road in Harnett County. The project will convert the road to a four-lane roadway with a raised median and also add three roundabouts near the intersection with Overhills Road.
In 2014, average traffic along this section of Ray Road was 13,434 cars daily, but by 2034, the route is expected to see an average of 30,692 cars per day. With this amount of growth expected for the area and congestion already an issue along the road, NCDOT saw a need to improve safety and prepare for what's to come. This project will address congestion, improve safety and promote economic development for the corridor as well as improve safety and access for several schools along the stretch.
The new roundabouts will also work to reduce congestion. These traffic features are circular intersections that channel traffic around a center island without using traffic signals. Because roundabouts allow for continuous flow, they let vehicles pass through the intersection more efficiently than traditional intersections. This will not only reduces congestion, but also cuts down on pollution and fuel use. In addition, roundabouts are proven to reduce accidents at unsignalized intersections.
Work on the project began in May and is tentatively expected to be completed by May 2018. The $20.6 million project was awarded to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh, which was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law.
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