Project Map
Evans Street/Old Tar Road Widening Project Map
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Pitt
  • Type of Project: Road Widening
  • STIP Numbers: U-2817
  • Estimated Cost: $87.17 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2019
  • Start Date: 2021
Widening of Evans Street / Old Tar Road Project

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning to widen Evans Street/Old Tar Road which connects Greenville and Winterville in Pitt County. By widening the road to four lanes from the intersection of Cooper Street and Worthington Road in Winterville to N.C. 43/U.S. 264A (Greenville Boulevard) in Greenville, the proposed work would help ease traffic congestion and improve safety.

Project Highlights

Approximately 4 miles of Evans Street/Old Tar Road would be widened in each direction from one lane to two, and they would be separated by a raised median.

The stretch of road from the Cooper Street/Worthington Road intersection to Greenville Boulevard would include four 11-foot travel lanes, a 23-foot median, a curb and gutter, bicycle lanes and sidewalks. In the vicinity of the South Hall and Paramore subdivisions, the N.C. Department of Transportation recommends a 16-foot median to minimize neighborhood impacts.

Because of the high volume of projected traffic at the Old Tar Road/Evans Street intersections with Fire Tower Road and Greenville Boulevard, NCDOT considered conventional intersection improvements along with other design options.

Preferred Alternatives

NCDOT evaluated a range of design options - referred to as detailed study alternatives - that included:

  • Quadrant roadways
  • Median U-turn options, which restrict left turns at key intersections
  • Conventional Intersection Improvements, which would add more travel or turn lanes to a four-way intersection

After reviewing feedback from the public and consulting with local officials and government agencies, NCDOT selected the preferred alternative designs listed below.

Intersection of Cooper Street/Worthington Road and Old Tar Road:

Intersection of Fire Tower Road and Evans Street:

Intersection of Greenville Boulevard and Evans Street:

Environmental Study Complete

The environmental document, a Categorical Exclusion, for the project was completed and signed Sept. 5, 2017. It is available for viewing at:

NCDOT Division 2 Office
105 Pactolus Highway
Greenville, NC 27835

Public Involvement

The N.C. Department of Transportation held a public meeting in Winterville on Nov. 3, 2016, at which time NCDOT representatives received feedback from the community and answered questions about the project.

The maps and materials that were available at the meeting are available below for review:

The project team - including planners, engineers and right-of-way agents - reviewed all feedback in order to choose the preferred alternatives and assist NCDOT in designing the project.

Project Cost

Estimated Amount*
Utilities $5,717,584
Property Acquisition $45,061,714
Construction Costs $36,400,000
Total Cost $87,179,298

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Environmental planning document completed September 2017
Right-of-way acquisition begins 2019
Construction begins 2021

Contact Information

Maria Rogerson, P.E.
NCDOT Division 2
(252) 439-2800
Send a message
105 Pactolus Highway (N.C. 33)
Greenville, NC 27835

Eric Midkiff, P.E.
Consultant Project Manager
CALYX Engineers + Consultants
(919) 858-1820
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6750 Tryon Road
Cary, NC 27518

Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.