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: 2017
  • Start Date: 2019

July 2017 Project Visualization

Fire TowerPortertown Widening

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes widening Fire Tower Road – from Charles Boulevard (N.C. 43) to Portertown Road – and Portertown Road – from Fire Tower Road to 10th Street (N.C. 33) – in Greenville to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion as well as to reduce crashes and enhance 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 from Charles Boulevard to 14th Street
  • Project U-5870, which involves widening Fire Tower Road to Portertown Road and then widening Portertown Road to 10th Street, a distance of 2.2 miles.

Project Highlights

Proposed work involves widening Fire Tower Road – from Charles Boulevard to Portertown Road – and Portertown Road – from Fire Tower Road to 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

January 2017: Response to Written Public Comments

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.

October 2016: Geotechnical Investigations

NCDOT's consultant, Engineering Consulting Services, 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.

Public Involvement

Open House

Documents & Maps for Public Review

The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding an open-house public meeting to provide information about modifications to the project designs since September 2016, including improvements to the adjacent Charles Boulevard/Fire Tower Road intersection and Arlington Boulevard/Fire Tower Road intersection as well as the street network surrounding these intersections.

Monday, July 31, 2017
4-7 p.m.

Alice Keene Park
Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation Building
4561 County Home Road
Greenville, NC 27858

NCDOT and consultant staff will be available to answer questions and receive comments. Please note that there will not be a formal presentation.

The opportunity to provide written comments will be provided at the meeting, and comments are encouraged.

In addition, comments may be submitted online or by mail at the address below until Sept. 1, 2017.

Maria Rogerson
N.C. Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835-1587

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring such services should contact Tamara Makhlouf, at (919) 707-6072, as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

For individuals who speak only Spanish or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Public meeting Sept. 22, 2016
Public comments due Oct. 6, 2016
Public meeting July 31, 2017
Right of way acquisition June 2018
Construction 2019

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

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.