FAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a series of safety improvements for more than six miles of Morganton Road in Fayetteville.
The recommendations are the culmination of a year-long study involving several NCDOT planning and traffic divisions, as well as stakeholder input from the city of Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The route studied is Morganton Road from Dobbin Avenue in Haymount to 500 feet west of Reilly Road. The proposed improvements include adding sidewalks where there are currently gaps; installing or enhancing crosswalks and pedestrian markings; improving traffic signals; and constructing a raised median.
The public meeting is set for 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at Highland Presbyterian Church at 111 Highland Avenue NCDOT staff and consultants will be on hand to discuss the recommendations and answer questions.
The deadline for accepting comments is Aug. 2. People may submit their comments via email at Morganton-Road-Fayetteville@PublicInput.com or by phone at 984-205-6615; enter project code 2372 to leave a message.
This departmental public input webpage summarizes the recommendations and offers an alternative method to digitally submit comments.
The corridor carries between 18,000 and 35,000 vehicles a day, and its crash rate of 544 collisions per 100 million vehicle miles traveled exceeds the statewide average of 430 for a similar five-lane road. Additionally, there were 33 crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists on this corridor from 2011-2021.
Among the changes being contemplated are replacing the corridor's open center turn lane with a raised median to improve safety and traffic flow. Known as a reduced conflict intersection, the design decreases by more than half the potential places where a collision can occur. The department's reduced conflict intersection webpage explains this design and its benefits.
The department has used this innovative design to install raised medians on other congested Fayetteville corridors, such as Owen Drive, Bragg Boulevard and Ramsey Street. The department plans to provide the same treatment for much of Raeford Road.
The recommendations are only preliminary, but they are an important step before any of the proposed improvements can compete for future funding.