Project Map
Proposed Extension of Fire Tower Road Vicinity Map
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Pitt
  • Type of Project: Widening and New Location
  • STIP Number: U-5006
  • Estimated Cost: $20.5 Million
  • Property Acquisition Start: Fiscal Year 2020
  • Start Date: Construction currently unfunded
Proposed Extension of Fire Tower Road

NOTE: Based on the results of NCDOT's funding formula, this project was not funded in the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Plan, and development for this project is on hold. If the project is funded at a later date, updates will be posted to this page.

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing a project that would extend Fire Tower Road approximately 2.7 miles from the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass to Memorial Drive (N.C. 11/903) near Greenville and Winterville.

Work would also involve widening some sections of Fire Tower Road from two lanes to a four-lane section that would be divided by a median.

The area is growing and the current roadway network cannot handle the projected traffic growth.

By 2035, Fire Tower Road, Memorial Drive and Reedy Branch Road are expected to be operating over capacity, and Davenport Farm and Forlines roads will be approaching capacity.

The Greenville Southwest Bypass is also expected to bring more traffic to the area.

Work would provide improved east-west connectivity in the area while also relieving traffic congestion.

Additionally, the proposed improvements would provide better access to Pitt Community College, other local destinations in the Greenville-Winterville area and area residential developments.

Project Highlights

Project Unfunded

Fire Tower Road Extension is not funded in the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program, and all work on the project has ceased. The project could be restarted in the future if funding becomes available.

Design Options

NCDOT has identified five proposed routes – referred to as alternatives – for consideration:

  • Alternative 1: would begin at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road and continue west, then south on a new location and running parallel with Reedy Branch Road. The road would then intersect with Forlines Road at the intersection with Reedy Branch Road. It would then run west along Forlines Road to the interchange with the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass. As part of this alternative, Forlines Road would be widened along the existing Swift Creek crossing.
  • Alternative 2: would begin at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road and then continue west on a new location to intersect Reedy Branch Road. The road would then continue south along Reedy Branch Road to Forlines Road. It would continue west along Forlines Road to the interchange with the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass. As with Alternative 1, Forlines Road would be widened along the existing Swift Creek crossing.
  • Alternative 3: would begin at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road and continue west, then south on a new location in an alignment similar to Alternative 1. With this alternative, however, the road intersects Reedy Branch Road, north of Forlines Road, and continues on a new location to intersect Forlines Road near Forbes Road This alternative proposes a new stream crossing of Swift Creek. The road would continue the proposed four-lane divided section west on Forlines Road to the interchange with the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass.
  • Alternative 5: would begin at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road and continue west on a new location, crossing Reedy Branch Road and tying into Davenport Farm Road near the Swift Creek crossing. This alternative would then proceed along Davenport Farm Road until it intersects with Dickinson Avenue (U.S. 13/264).
  • Alternative 6: would begin at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Fire Tower Road and continue west on a new location. It would then cross Reedy Branch Road and tie into Davenport Farm Road near the Swift Creek crossing. The road would proceed along Davenport Farm Road until it curves off to the southwest and ties into the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass at the interchange with Forlines Road.

Project History

The Greenville Urban Area 2009-2035 Long Range Transportation Plan recommended extending Fire Tower Road from Memorial Drive to Forlines Road as the sixth highest priority in Pitt County. The recommendation included building a multi-lane roadway that would involve both widening and building new sections of roadway.

The Long Range Transportation Plan also recommended, as the 19th highest priority in the county, widening Forlines Road to a multi-lane urban road from the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass to N.C. 11.

To address both the local vision for the project and the community’s needs, NCDOT proposed extending Fire Tower Road from the proposed Greenville Southwest Bypass to Memorial Drive.

Environmental planning began in March 2011, and in January 2012, NCDOT met with state and federal environmental agencies to discuss concerns and resources.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Environmental Assessment released February 2014
Final Environmental Impact Statement approved January 2016
Right of way acquisition begins Fiscal year 2020
Construction starts Currently unfunded

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

Citizens Informational Workshop Handout (May 2012) (196.62 KB)

Contact Information

Kristine A. O’Connor, P.E.
Project Development Engineer
(919) 707-6034
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Neil Lassiter
Division Engineer
(252) 439-2800
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P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835

Gary Lovering, P.E.
Roadway Design Engineer
(919) 707-6271
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1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

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.