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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Forsyth
  • Type of Project: Widening and extension with new interchange
  • STIP Number: U-5760
  • Estimated Cost: $27 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2021
  • Start Date: 2023
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Big Mill Farm Road/Hopkins Road Improvements

Project Overview and Purpose

Planning and environmental studies are underway west of Kernersville in Forsyth County on a proposed project that would widen and extend Big Mill Farm Road as well as add improvements to 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.

Project Highlights

Based on initial studies and the public's input from an August 2016 public workshop, 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.

A four-lane median-divided roadway is proposed within the new Business 40/U.S. 421 interchange, where two potential interchange design concepts – referred to as alternatives – have been developed:

  • Alternative A is a partial cloverleaf interchange that would provide access to Big Mill Farm Road and westbound Business 40/U.S. 421 via ramps in the northern portion of the interchange. In the southeast part of the interchange, a loop ramp and ramp would provide access to Big Mill Farm Road and eastbound Business 40/U.S. 421.
  • Alternative B is a partial cloverleaf interchange that would provide access to Big Mill Farm Road and westbound Business 40/U.S. 421 via a loop ramp and ramp in the northwest portion of the interchange. To the southeast portion of the interchange, a loop ramp and ramp would provide access to Big Mill Farm Road and eastbound Business 40/U.S. 421.

Before detailed design begins, these two design concepts will be presented for public review and feedback on Aug. 24.

Project History

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.

Public Involvement

NCDOT held an open house public meeting Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Kernersville to answer questions and receive comments from the public on the proposed project.

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

Maps:

Meeting Materials:

The public can still give feedback and ask questions via email or by mailing them to:

Teresa Gresham
Kimley-Horn and Associates
610 Fayetteville Street
Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601

Comments must be received by Sept. 15, 2017.

Project Cost

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.

Estimated Amount*
Project Development & Design $3,000,000
Property Acquisition $4,000,000
Construction Costs $20,000,000
Total Cost $27,000,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Public meeting Aug. 16, 2016
Data collection, traffic forecast and initial concept development Summer 2016 to Summer 2017
Public meeting Aug. 24, 2017
Detailed design development and analysis Winter 2017
Environmental document preparation
(Environmental Assessment anticipated)
Spring 2018
Public hearing Summer 2018
Environmental document preparation
(Finding of No Significant Impact anticipated)
Fall to Winter 2018
Begin right of way acquisition 2020
Construction start date 2022

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Project Hotline: 1-844-894-1921

Al Blanton, P.E., PLS
Division Project Manager
N.C. Department of Transportation
Highway Division 9
(336) 747-7800
Send a message

Teresa Gresham, P.E.
Project Manager
Kimley-Horn and Associates
(919) 677-2194
Send a message

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.