Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing improvements to N.C. 54 – from U.S. 15/501 in Chapel Hill to N.C. 55 in Durham – that would help reduce traffic congestion and provide accommodations for pedestrians, cyclists and transit – buses and light rail.
Safety would also be addressed as the critical crash rate along the corridor exceeds state average. The corridor varies from a six-lane section just south of I-40 to a two-lane section on the north side of the interstate.
N.C. 54 is considered to be of statewide importance and has regional significance because of its prominent role in serving residential, commercial and institutional communities in Chapel Hill and Durham.
NCDOT is currently conducting engineering and environmental studies for corridor improvements to N.C. 54 from U.S. 15/501 in Chapel Hill to N.C. 55 in Durham.
Corridor improvements within the study area might involve a variety of strategies such as roadway widening, intersection improvements, grade separations, interchange upgrades and optimizing traffic signal timing.
NCDOT is also coordinating with local stakeholders and developing potential design options for the corridor.
The N.C. Department of Transportation expects to hold public meetings in fall 2017 to present the project to citizens and obtain input on the needs for the project and potential design options that should be considered.
The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization in December 2011 completed the N.C. 54/I-40 Corridor Study, which recommends specific improvements to the corridor, as well as providing accommodations for pedestrians, bicycles and transit.
In 2012, NCDOT completed a feasibility study that led to the project being added into the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the 2016-2025 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program.
|Selection of alternatives for study
|Public meeting and Selection of Preferred Alternative
|Right-of-way acquisition begins
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
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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.