The town board approved project agreements Aug. 15 for two road improvement projects that will be funded substantially by federal money.
Through the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Fuquay-Varina learned last winter it would receive $5.3 million in federal funds toward completing two sections of Judd Parkway and revamping the intersection of Sunset Lake Road, Purfoy Road and Main Street. The board’s action made official the partnership between the town and CAMPO.
In the case of the Sunset Lake Road project, work has been accelerated significantly, thanks to an arrangement with the state Department of Transportation, which already had planned to repave the intersection. The DOT will restripe the new pavement with additional left turn lanes from Sunset Lake and Purfoy roads onto U.S. 401, known in town as North Main Street.
Contractors working for the DOT finished repaving work earlier this summer, and Assistant Town Manager Mark Matthews predicted that restriping would be complete within the next few weeks. New signals to accommodate the revised lane designations are already up but won’t be lit until the new lanes are open.
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The combined contributions from the DOT and CAMPO have accelerated the project’s schedule and reduced its cost to the town, which originally planned to pay for the entire $850,000 cost of the project with town funds. That was before the town received the CAMPO grant, which obligates the town to pay 20 percent of the construction costs, or $172,000. Now that the total cost of the project has been reduced by the DOT’s offer to repave and restripe the road on the town’s schedule, the value of that 20 percent match could decrease still further.
“What it ended up working out to, was the town and DOT recognizing that if the DOT were to do the normal resurfacing and we came along after, there’d be duplication of expense and effort,” Matthews said.
The town is still responsible for installing medians and further widening work farther down Sunset Lake Road north of the railroad tracks.
Fuquay-Varina also made official its project agreement for the widening of Northeast Judd Parkway at its intersection with Main Street, for which it will receive $1.69 million of the project’s $2.8 million total cost. A half-mile stretch of the parkway will be expanded from three lanes to four and will include a median and new turn lanes. Under the agreement, the town has three years from Aug. 15 to complete the projects.
The town awarded a $134,000 contract at its Aug. 1 town board meeting to begin acquiring right-of-way for that expansion. Construction bids for the Northeast Judd Parkway project will likely be considered and awarded by next summer, town staff have said.
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