Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing plans to relocate a portion of N.C. 119 – from I-85/40 to Mrs. White Lane – to help reduce congestion in downtown Mebane.
The project is divided into two sections for construction:
- Section A extends from the N.C. 119 interchange with I-85/40 north to Mebane Rogers Road.
- Section B begins at Mebane Rogers Road and ends near Mrs. White Lane.
N.C. 119 in Alamance County provides a primary regional north-south route between I-85/40 south of Mebane and U.S. 58 in southern Virginia, and it also provides north-south access to downtown Mebane.
The route winds through downtown Mebane on Fifth Street, U.S. 70 and First Street. Motorists – as well as responding emergency vehicles – experience congestion and must cross a busy railroad crossing, which is part of the Southeast High-Speed Rail Study Corridor.
The town is also experiencing large amounts of growth and is expected to continue growing, adding more traffic volume to downtown. The current route will not serve the anticipated traffic demands by 2025 and would cause travel delays.
NCDOT identified Alternative 9 as the selected design option in the
Record of Decision.
Section A will begin at the I-85/40 and N.C. 119 interchange and follow the existing road alignment for about 0.36 miles. The route will then turn northward onto a new location, passing to the west of the West End community and over the North Carolina Railroad tracks and U.S. 70 (West Center Street). The alternative then turns northwest around Craftique Furniture and ends east of Woodlawn Road.
Section B will begin just east of Woodlawn Road and continues east before heading northeast and passing through a corner of the historic Cates Farm property as well as through the critical watershed boundary area of the Graham-Mebane Reservoir. The road ties back into existing N.C. 119 near Mrs. White Lane.
Other work includes:
Building overpasses at Holt Street, the North Carolina Railroad Tracks and U.S. 70
Building a connector road between the proposed N.C. 119 and U.S. 70
Replacing the bridge at the N.C. 119/I-85/I-40 interchange to include additional travel lanes and widening the interchange ramps with additional lanes
Realigning or extending other area roads to connect with the relocated N.C. 119
Record of Decision Approved
On Dec. 22, 2009, the Federal Highway Administration approved the Record of Decision. This is the final decision document that outlines why NCDOT approved the selected alternative and specifies commitments made during the project planning process to mitigate impacts to the community and environment.
Environmental Impact Statements Completed
NCDOT completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement in October 2007 and the Final Environmental Impact Statement in June 2009. The documents detail the project’s purpose and need, the alternatives considered and their impacts to area communities and cultural and natural resources, coordination with the public, and local, state and federal agency input.
|Project Development & Design
|Project Development & Design
* Estimated costs are subject to change.
|Draft Environmental Impact Statement approved
|Final Environmental Impact Statement approved
|Record of Decision approved
||Dec. 22, 2009
|Property Acquisition for Section A begins
|Property Acquisition for Section B begins
||Fiscal Year 2020
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (2007)
Final Environmental Impact Statement (2009)
Record of Decision (2009)
Patty Eason, P.E.
Project Planning Engineer
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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.