To improve safety and ease traffic congestion, the N.C. Department of Transportation and local leaders have proposed to add a median and limit left turns along two busy commercial corridors in Aberdeen and Southern Pines: U.S. 15-501 and U.S. 1.
Segments of the two highways now have four lanes with a two-way center turn lane, which NCDOT would eliminate through the use of a design called a Synchronized Street (also known as a superstreet).
Crash history from October 2009 to December 2016 shows U.S. 1 and U.S. 15-501 exceed the statewide critical crash rate. Improvements to these two highways would not only improve safety but also reduce delays and plan for anticipated traffic growth in the area. .
This proposed project is identified as U-5814 (U.S. 15-501 from U.S. 1 to Brucewood Road) and U-5815 (U.S. 1 from Old U.S. 1 to Roseland Road) in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $27.8 million.
|Project development and design||$2,500,000|
*Estimated costs subject to change