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N.C. 54 Corridor Improvements
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Orange, Durham
  • Type of Project: Corridor Improvements
  • STIP Number: U-5774
  • Estimated Cost: $295 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2023
  • Start Date: 2024
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Orange, Durham
  • Type of Project: Corridor Improvements
  • STIP Number: U-5774
  • Estimated Cost: $295 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2023
  • Start Date: 2024
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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.

Project Highlights

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.

Project History

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.

Project Timeline

Milestone Date*
Public meeting Fall 2017
Selection of alternatives for study Winter 2018
Public meeting and Selection of Preferred Alternative Fall 2018
Environmental Document Fall 2018
Right-of-way acquisition begins 2023
Construction begins 2024

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

Contact Information

Bob Deaton
Project Development Engineer
N.C. Department of Transportation
(919) 707-6017
Send a message
1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582
Christy Shumate
Project Manager
AECOM
(800) 233-6315
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701 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 475
Raleigh, NC 27607

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.