Project Overview and Purpose
Planning and environmental studies are underway on a proposed project west of Kernersville in Forsyth County that would widen and extend Big Mill Farm Road as well as improve Hopkins Road from Harmon Creek Road to West Mountain Street (N.C. 66).
Work would also involve building an interchange at Business 40/U.S. 421.
Improvements are needed to reduce congestion in downtown Kernersville, particularly in the area around the interchange of Business 40/U.S. 421 with South Main Street, where traffic is expected to increase once work on the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is complete.
The new interchange and roadway connections would better distribute local traffic through the transportation network, decreasing volumes on existing local roads and interchanges.
The project will also improve mobility and access to major highways in west Kernersville and accommodate economic development expansion within the area.
The project – part of the proposed Kernersville Boulevard, which will eventually loop around the town – will also improve mobility and access to major highways in west Kernersville and accommodate economic development expansion within the area.
Based on initial studies and the public's input from public meetings in August 2016 and August 2017, the N.C. Department of Transportation proposes a two-lane median-divided roadway with sidewalks and bicycle lanes for Hopkins Road and Big Mill Farm Road.
NCDOT also proposes a four-lane median-divided roadway within the new Business 40/U.S. 421 interchange. The new interchange will be a partial cloverleaf interchange with ramps and loops in the northwest and southeast quadrants.
NCDOT is refining the designs and planning to hold another public meeting in late summer 2018.
A 2008 feasibility study by the Town of Kernersville proposed widening Big Mill Farm and Hopkins roads to four lanes with a median, curb and gutters and a sidewalk.
The town's Thoroughfare and Street Plan, adopted in 2011, recommended that the NCDOT "Complete Street 2-Lane Avenue" street type be used for the project.
NCDOT held an open house public meeting on Aug. 24, 2017, to present the proposed designs – referred to as alternatives – and to receive feedback from the community. The maps and materials available at the most recent meeting, as well as a summary of the comments received during the comment period, are available below:
This project is listed as Project U-5760 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $27 million.
|Project Development & Design
* Estimated costs are subject to change.
||Aug. 16, 2016
|Data collection, traffic forecast and initial concept development
||Summer 2016 to Summer 2017
||Aug. 24, 2017
|Detailed design development and analysis
|Environmental document preparation
(Minimum Criteria Determination Checklist anticipated)
|Begin right of way acquisition
|Construction start date
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Project Hotline: 1-844-894-1921
Al Blanton, P.E., PLS
Division Project Manager
N.C. Department of Transportation
Highway Division 9
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Teresa Gresham, P.E.
Kimley-Horn and Associates
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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.