Two public meetings have been held for the study. The first public workshop was held on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 and the second on Thursday, July 27, 2006. Both workshops took place at the Living Word Family Church in Wake Forest.
The purpose of the first public workshop was to educate the public, elected officials, and other interested parties on the corridor, corridor planning principles, and the issues involved in developing integrated transportation and land use plans. The desired end product of the meeting was to establish a basis of knowledge among persons whose decisions will impact the corridor and to ascertain the desires of the public that uses the corridor.
The purpose of the second workshop was to present the alternative that received the most positive feedback during the first workshop; and address how that alternative can be enhanced through access management, aesthetics, multimodal accessibility, and compatible land use planning. Community input was solicited in the following aspects of highway design:
- The application of frontage roads along the corridor
- Landscaping within and along the corridor that will provide an attractive "gateway" into the region
Two newsletters will developed as a part of the study. These newsletters will provide information on the purpose and need of the study and what the study will entail. The second newsletter will be prepared prior to the second public workshop and will be in a format suitable for promoting the proposed plan. Newsletters are mailed to property owners within 1,000 feet of the US 1 Corridor.
A corridor similar in nature to US 1 was recently upgraded to an interstate facility in Minneapolis, MN. This route, Interstate 394 (formerly US 12) , is primarily a commuter route between downtown Minneapolis and the western suburbs. In its prior life, US 12 functioned as a combination of an expressway and boulevard with multiple traffic signals and driveway connections. The
Center for Transportation Research and Education at Iowa State University recently completed a study describing the impacts of the improvements, particularly in regard to the business community.
A Study Oversight Team (i.e., Steering Committee) has been created to provide guidance and oversight to the study. Team members will include representatives from the Capital Area MPO, Kerr-Tar RPO, City of Raleigh, Town of Wake Forest, Town of Youngsville, Franklin County, Wake County, TTA, and NCDOT. The Study Oversight Team will review the consultant's work, give direction and input, and monitor the project study as it takes place. The consultant may be asked to attend one or more of these meetings.
The Study Oversight Team will keep officials of the Capital Area MPO and Kerr-Tar RPO Transportation Advisory Committees apprised of progress throughout the duration of the contract by giving up-to-date presentations. The consultant may also be asked to attend one or more of the Transportation Advisory Committee meetings for the Capital Area MPO and Kerr-Tar RPO.
The study process will begin by clearly defining multi-modal transportation alternatives so that a unified vision of community design and infrastructure, land development changes and transportation improvements within the US 1 study corridor can be developed.
The US 1 Corridor Study Oversight Team will be the guiding force for this project. These members will determine land use and transportation improvement options for the US 1 corridor that should be advanced for further study.