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.
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
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.
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.
||Sept. 22, 2016
|Public comments due
||Oct. 6, 2016
|Right of way acquisition
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Maria Rogerson, P.E.
NCDOT Division 2
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P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835-1587
Dwayne Alligood, P.E.
Consultant Project Manager
Vaughn & Melton
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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.