Project Overview and Purpose
Planning and development are underway on a proposed project to widen approximately 2.3 miles of Allen Road from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane, median-divided roadway from Stantonsburg Road to Dickinson Avenue Extension (U.S. 13) in Greenville.
Proposed improvements include upgrading the intersections at Allen and Stantonsburg roads and Allen Road and Dickinson Avenue Extension as well as installing bicycle lanes and possibly sidewalks.
The proposed project would improve traffic flow and safety on Allen Road in the area. The roadway is nearing its capacity, meaning that it can no longer handle the amount of traffic that uses the roadway. The project would also help provide for the traffic growth that is expected to occur along the project corridor.
The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to widen Allen Road approximately 2.3 miles from two to four lanes – each lane 12 feet wide. The design also includes a 23-foot raised grass median, 5-foot bike lanes on both sides of the road, a 2.5-foot curb and gutter and a 10-foot berm within a proposed 110-foot right of way.
NCDOT's preferred design widens Allen Road mostly to the east.
The design was one of two designs that NCDOT considered for the project and chose the proposed design based on public comment as well as the findings of an Environmental Assessment that looked at the impacts each design would have on natural resources, cultural resources, landowner and utilities.
See the maps for the preferred design below:
Upcoming Public Meeting
A second public meeting is scheduled for March 29, 2018, at which time the public is invited to view the updated preferred design and give feedback.
Environmental Document Approved
In September 2017, a State Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact document – which determined the project will not have a significant impact on the environment – was approved by the N.C. State Clearing House.
March 2017 Public Meeting
The N.C. Department of Transportation held a public meeting in Greenville on March 27, 2017, at which time NCDOT representatives answered questions and received feedback from the community about the project.
Feedback from the meeting was used in the selection of the preferred alternative.
The Allen Road widening project is listed as Project U-5875 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's current State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $25.4 million. The cost is estimated and subject to change.
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* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
March 2017 Public Meeting Materials
Betty Ann Caldwell, P.E.
NCDOT Project Manager
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P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835-1587
Susan Westberry, AICP
Consultant Project Planner
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5030 New Centre Drive, Suite B
Wilmington, NC 28403
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.