NCDOT releases planned Triangle projects for 2018-2027

Construction of a $26.2 million interchange at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Road near the N.C. State Fairgrounds could begin in the next 10 years if the project makes it into the state’s next transportation plan.

The N.C. Department of Transportation released a list Tuesday of Triangle projects that are anticipated to be included in the draft 2018-2027 plan, which is expected to be released in January.

In addition to the Hillsborough Street interchange, NCDOT expects the draft plan to include the widening of McCrimmon Parkway in Morrisville from Davis Drive to north of Church Street to a four-lane, divided road.

Altogether, 12 bicycle and pedestrian, two aviation and 10 highway projects made the list for Division Five, which includes Wake, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties.

A public comment period will be held on the draft plan before the final version is adopted by the N.C. Board of Transportation, likely in June 2017.

Other local projects anticipated for Division Five include:

▪ Constructing a 6.6-mile Wake Forest Bypass Greenway.

▪ Widening Ten Ten Road from Apex Peakway and Reliance Avenue in Wake County to a four-lane road.

▪ Widening Fayetteville Road from Woodcroft Parkway and Barbee Road in Durham County to a four-lane, divided roadway with sidewalks and bike lanes.

▪ Realigning the intersection of West Lyon Station Road and N.C. 56 near Interstate 85 in Butner.

▪ Completing a missing gap in the Black Creek Greenway from Old Reedy Creek Road to West Dynasty Drive. This will require about five bridges over creeks and wetlands.

The projects will be funded through the state’s Strategic Transportation Investments Law, which allows the state to use data and local input to prioritize funding for transportation projects at three levels – statewide, regionally and locally.

Larger projects would be funded at the statewide or region level, while the smaller project list released Tuesday is expected to be funded at the division level. The top-scoring projects on these lists will be scheduled into the 10-year plan based on available funding and other factors.

“Our robust transportation network supports our strong economy and improved quality of life,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “Through the new transportation funding formula, we took the politics out of transportation planning to ensure roads and other important infrastructure are prioritized based on data, while providing flexibility to meet local needs. The new funding formula allows us to make smart decisions that keep North Carolina moving and these projects demonstrate the process is working as intended.”

Kathryn Trogdon: 919-829-4845: @KTrogdon