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
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

NCDOT held a public meeting in Greenville on Sept. 22, at which time representatives received feedback and answered questions about the project.

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

A public comment period on the project ended Oct. 6, 2016.

After reviewing all feedback, NCDOT, in January 2017, released responses to written questions and comments it received. The project team continues to explore options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible. NCDOT will continue to develop the project and present to the public its progress at a later date.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Public meeting Sept. 22, 2016
Public comments due Oct. 6, 2016
Public meeting Spring 2017
Right of way acquisition Late 2017
Construction 2019

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

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

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.