The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization is leading the effort to address traffic and safety concerns along NC 54. The NC 54 West Corridor Study, conducted by VHB consultants, is a review of the 20+ mile stretch of NC 54 between Old Fayetteville Road in Carrboro and I-85 in Graham. The study will produce a long-term vision for the corridor including an economic and market analysis.
Over the past several months, the NC 54 Corridor Study team completed data collection, sought community feedback and completed the Existing Conditons Report and developed roadway cross-section options for public review. The plan takes into account the mobility needs of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, frieght operators and motorists. Construction of future projects will be based on local priorities and the availability of local and state dollars to pay for the work. In advance of the study's completion, NCDOT will spend $820,000 on turn lanes and improving the Orange Grove Road intersection with N.C. 54. Another $3.9 million is budgeted for upgrading N.C. 54 by 2022 from Orange Grove Road to Old Fayetteville Road in Carrboro.
Following the DCHC MPO meeting on June 12th, 2019, the Board approved a resolution to request a delay in submitting the project, so that the MPO may include high-capacity transit options along the corridor. The Right-of-Way phase is expected to still be within the 6-year window as outlined in the original proposal.
More information can be found on the project's website at www.nc54west.com.