The US 1 Corridor serves multiple travel purposes:
- US 1 accommodates interstate travel, linking Raleigh with I-85 to the north.
- US 1 connects downtown Raleigh with its northeastern suburban areas, including the Towns of Wake Forest and Youngsville, and unincorporated Wake and Franklin Counties.
- This route will continue to become even more critical in providing regional connectivity when the eastern extension of I-540 is completed.
- This section of US 1 serves as a local circulation route for north-south travel within the study area because the secondary road system is not complete.
Within the study area, US 1 is a primarily a four-lane principal arterial with 13 signalized intersections and over 100 driveways connecting to its main travel lanes. This high-speed arterial roadway passes through areas of rapid commercial and residential suburban growth, which have primarily located around existing interchanges and signalized intersections. Rapid development is anticipated along the entire corridor, so it is important to evaluate access management policies and future land use plans for the area.
The US 1 Corridor Study is being conducted to achieve the following objectives:
- To develop a clear vision of the transportation roles of the US 1 corridor with respect to mobility.
- To formulate a multimodal transportation plan that incorporates highway, transit, pedestrian, and bicycle travel modes and complements the area's current and future development patterns.
- To analyze the physical layout and number of general purpose and special-use travel lanes that are needed to serve the US 1 corridor travel demand in 2030. Right-of-way requirements for the proposed improvements will be evaluated and access management measures will be considered.
- To consider community character and potential impacts throughout the planning process.
- To determine changes in the access patterns within the US 1 corridor that could encourage better multimodal cohesion and connectivity in the study area and to reduce crashes along the corridor.
- To ensure a positive influence on the surrounding community, neighborhood input and community involvement will play a critical role in the public involvement program.
The primary product of the study will be a coordinated multimodal transportation plan for the study corridor which addresses these objectives. The Capital Area MPO is managing the study through an interagency agreement between the City of Raleigh, NCDOT, the Town of Wake Forest, and the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA).
The US 1 Corridor Study Report is a comprehensive document, which encompasses the activities, evaluations, comments, and recommendations developed as a part of the US 1 Study.