The N.C. Department of Transportation has proposed a four-lane
(two lanes in each direction) – rather than a 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.
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 was scheduled to begin in 2019, and construction is 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.
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 scheduled to begin in 2027. Right-of-way acquisition for Section B was scheduled for 2019, and construction is scheduled for 2024.
Maps showing the conceptual designs for both U.S. 15-501 and the U.S. 1 corridor are linked above. The project team 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?
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.