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The N.C. Department of Transportation has proposed to build a four-lane Synchronized Street (two lanes in each direction) – rather than the needed six-lane street (three lanes in each direction) – in Aberdeen and Southern Pines to improve conditions and accommodate traffic on sections of U.S. 15-501 and U.S. 1, as described below.

U.S. 15-501 from U.S. 1 to Brucewood Road (STIP Project U-5814)

A Synchronized Street would be built on a 1.3-mile segment of U.S. 15-501 from U.S. 1 to Brucewood Road. (View concept map)

Right of way acquisition is currently scheduled to begin in 2019, and construction is currently scheduled for 2024.

U.S. 1 (North Sandhills Boulevard) from Roseland Road to Old U.S. 1 (STIP Project U-5815)

Proposed work on U.S. 1 involves a 2.8-mile segment from Roseland Road to Old U.S. 1. Work would be divided into two phases, referred to as Section A and Section B. (View concept map)
  • Section A involves building a Synchronized Street on the southern section of U.S.1 from Roseland Road to Knight Street (0.6 miles).
  • Section B involves building a Synchronized Street on the 2.2-mile northern section of U.S. 1 from Knight Street to Old U.S. 1 (view concept map) as well as minor improvements to the southern section of U.S. 1, including realigning Roseland Road at U.S. 1.

    An alternate design at the U.S. 1/Old U.S. 1 intersection has also been developed. It adds a traffic signal at the existing free-flow merge from Old U.S. 1 onto U.S. 1 and enlarges the U-turn bulb to more easily accommodate large trucks.
Construction on Section A is currently scheduled to begin in 2027. Right of way acquisition for Section B is scheduled for 2019, and construction is currently scheduled for 2024.

Proposed Designs

Maps showing the conceptual designs for both U.S. 15-501 and the U.S. 1 corridor are linked above. The project team is early in the design process and will continue to refine the designs to address citizen concerns and minimize impacts where feasible.

NCDOT has proposed the four-lane Synchronized Street design as the best alternative that would have the least impact on property and existing businesses.

What is a Synchronized Street?

A Synchronized Street is a type of intersection that directs left turns and through-movements from side streets to their desired destination by way of a right turn, followed by a U-turn (usually 600 to 1,000 feet from the intersection).

Synchronized Streets improve travel time, mobility and safety on a road. These benefits are achieved through changes to the road that limit left-turn movements and reduce the potential for crashes.

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10/24/2019 4:54 PM