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 and widen Hopkins Road – both two-lane roads without sidewalks or bicycle lanes – 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.
The project's final design – which includes the number of travel lanes, bicycles lanes and sidewalks, as well as the widening location – has not been determined and will be based on a traffic analysis and input from the public as well as local officials.
The project team will evaluate information that has been collected in the 2.1-mile project area on natural resources (streams, wetlands and endangered species) and human resources (neighborhoods, businesses and community facilities) as it considers possible alternatives for improving these roads.
NCDOT's study will revisit the purpose and need of the project, collect current data, consider public comments and evaluate a range of alternatives before selecting a preferred design.
Design concepts will be made available for public review and feedback before detailed design begins.
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 a hands-on workshop in Kernersville on Aug. 16, 2016, at which time the project team asked attendees to share their feedback on the corridor – what works well along it and what doesn't – and to identify their priorities for the corridor's future.
The 265 attendees, who were divided into groups, came to a consensus that safety and traffic flow were top priorities and that all of the street sections should be a two-lane roadway. The groups identified pedestrian- and bike-friendly roads as lower priorities, but 85 percent of the street sections included sidewalks, bike lanes, and/or a multi-use path.
Full summary of public input is available here.
The following materials were made available for review at the meeting:
- July 2016 newsletter
- Public meeting handout
- An aerial map of the area surrounding the project corridor that shows existing right of way as well as smaller maps identifying the alignment originally recommended in the town of Kernersville's 2008 feasibility study. (Because designs have not yet been developed for the current project, the map does not show an alignment for the proposed project.)
- A map of 2013 average daily traffic volumes at several locations near the project corridor. (New traffic counts will be taken in fall 2016 as part of the project. A traffic forecast will determine anticipated volumes in the design year of 2040.)
- Examples of "typical sections" to demonstrate the type of elements (e.g., sidewalks, bicycle lanes, landscaping) that might be included along the corridor and how wide the right of way would be, depending on the combination of elements selected. (The project team will reference NCDOT’s Complete Streets policy and Context Sensitive Solutions approach, both of which are meant to help the project team consider a variety of elements during the planning and design process.)
||Aug. 16, 2016
|Data collection, traffic forecast and initial concept development
||Summer 2016 to Summer 2017
|Detailed design development and analysis
|Environmental document preparation
(Environmental Assessment anticipated)
|Environmental document preparation
(Finding of No Significant Impact anticipated)
|Fall to Winter 2018
|Begin right of way acquisition
||Fiscal Year 2021
|Construction start date
||Fiscal Year 2023
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Project Hotline: 1-844-894-1921
NCDOT Division 9 Project Manager
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Teresa Gresham, P.E.
Kimley-Horn and Associates
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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.