Project Map
Fire TowerPortertown Widening

Study Area Map

Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Pitt
  • Type of Project: Widening
  • STIP Number: U-5870, U-5785
  • Estimated Cost: $23.8 million (U-5870); $6.2 million (U-5785)
  • Property Acquisition Start: Summer 2018
  • Start Date: 2019

July 2017 Project Visualization

Fire TowerPortertown Widening

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes widening a 2.8-mile stretch of Fire Tower Road and Portertown Road in Greenville. This project includes improvements to the Charles Boulevard/ Fire Tower Road intersection and Arlington Boulevard/Fire Tower Road intersection, and the street network surrounding these intersections. Proposed work is expected to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, reduce crashes and create greater connectivity.

For funding purposes, the overall project is made up of two projects:

  • Project U-5785, which involves widening a 0.6-mile stretch of Fire Tower Road between Charles Boulevard (N.C. 143) and 14th Street.
  • Project U-5870, which involves widening Fire Tower Road to Portertown Road and widening Portertown Road to 10th Street (N.C. 33), a distance of 2.2 miles.

Project Highlights

Proposed work would involve widening Fire Tower Road between Charles Boulevard and Portertown Road and widening Portertown Road – between Fire Tower Road and 10th Street – from two to four lanes and installing a raised median.

Other work includes:

  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
  • Widening the existing roundabout at Fire Tower and Portertown roads from one circulating lane to two circulating lanes
  • Building a roundabout with two circulating lanes at the intersection of Portertown and Eastern Pines roads
  • Upgrading the Carolina Coastal Railroad crossing on Portertown Road with new gates and signals
  • Reconfiguring the existing bridge over Hardee Creek for eastbound traffic and adding a second bridge for westbound traffic

Project History

Response to Written Comments

In February 2018, the N.C. Department of Transportation released responses to written questions and comments received in summer 2017 following a July 31, 2017 public meeting about the proposed widening of Fire Tower and Portertown roads.

Project Design Refinements

Through January 2018, NCDOT and the consultant project team continued to refine project designs in response to public input received as a result of the July 2017 public meeting as well as information gained from additional studies, including traffic and noise analysis.

An environmental document detailing the studies is scheduled to be completed late spring 2018.

Response to Written Public Comments

In January 2017, NCDOT released responses to written questions and comments received during a fall 2016 public meeting and comment period about the proposed widening of Fire Tower and Portertown roads.

Geotechnical Investigations Conducted

In October 2016, Engineering Consulting Services, a consultant for NCDOT, conducted geotechnical investigations along the Fire Tower Road and Portertown Road corridor in October 2016. The information gathered is being used to evaluate soils for their potential suitability for pavement, retaining walls and other structures for this project.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Public meeting Sept. 22, 2016
Public meeting July 31, 2017
Environmental document released Spring 2018
Right of way acquisition begins Summer 2018
Construction begins 2019

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

July 31, 2017 Public Meeting Materials

Sept. 22, 2016 Public Meeting Materials

Contact Information

Maria Rogerson, P.E. Project Manager NCDOT Division 2 (252) 439-2830 Send a message P.O. Box 1587 Greenville, NC 27835-1587
Dwayne Alligood, P.E. Consultant Project Manager Vaughn & Melton (252) 229-4506 Send a message 3115 Trent Road New Bern, NC 28562

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.