Transportation Projects

The Town is making significant progress on many transportation projects. Planning, project design and right-of-way acquisition must all occur prior to construction with various state and federal approvals during the process. Depending on the size of the project and associated complexities, the pre-construction phase for the proposed bond projects normally takes 12 - 24 months. Though construction is several months away, project design and planning, as well as securing adequate funding, are all taking place to ensure the successful and timely completion of each project. Below is an update on several transportation projects:

Grant Funding

In November 2015, voters overwhelming approved $21 million in transportation bonds to pay for new roads with the goal of improving traffic congestion in critical areas. Voter approval allows the Town to sell bonds in order to establish funding for the proposed projects but before the Town Board can vote to issue the bonds, many steps need to be completed prior to beginning construction.

In 2016, the Town secured $12,335,000 in grants and appropriations for transportation projects. Leveraging local dollars with outside funding helps our money go further.  It has also kept our tax rate lower (actual tax $0.4325 vs. proposed tax $0.4525) than advertised and approved in the 2015 bond referendum.  In essence, the town is delivering more with less. 

Intersection of Judd Parkway / Main Street / Broad Street

 

Goal: This project will improve flow through and around the intersection.

Currently the Judd/Main/Broad intersection is securing right-of-way with construction anticipated in fall 2017. This project is funded through a combination of grant and bonds.

Intersection of Main Street/ Sunset Lake Road / Purfoy Road

Goal: This project will improve flow through and around the intersection.

As part of an expedited plan, in October 2016, NCDOT reconfigured Sunset Lake Road from the railroad to Hwy. 401 to include two left turn lanes. Purfoy Road also got a second left turn lane onto Hwy. 401. The through lane movements along Sunset Lake and Purfoy also changed to accommodate the new left turn lanes. This is the first phase of improvements at this intersection. Additional changes to this intersection will take place in fall 2017 with improvements to enhance traffic flow as well as the addition of safety and pedestrian features.

The second phase of the Main/Sunset Lake/Purfoy intersection will extend improvements north of the railroad and are currently in the design phase to be followed by right-of-way acquisition, construction bidding and construction to begin in early 2019.

NW Judd Parkway

Goal: This project will complete Judd Parkway and help redirect traffic around Fuquay-Varina.

The final leg of NW Judd Parkway is in the right-of-way acquisition phase and is anticipated to begin construction mid-2018 and will be open for use by 2020. This project is funded through a combination of grant and bonds.

Sunset Lake Road / Bass Lake Road /Hilltop Needmore Road

In early Jan. 2017, the Town of Fuquay-Varina agreed to participate in a funding agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to help fund improvements to the Sunset Lake/Hilltop Needmore/Bass Lake Road intersection.  This intersection, where three state-maintained roads converge, has become increasing congested as the town’s population has grown.         

The project consists of the construction of a two dedicated left turn lanes; one from the Bass Lake Road approach and one from the Hilltop Needmore Road approach to the intersection of Sunset Lake/Bass Lake/Hilltop Needmore Road. The estimated cost of the project is $655,000 of which NCDOT will fund $505,000, and the Town of Fuquay-Varina will fund up to $150,000 of the project’s cost.

Angier Road

The pipes underneath Angier Road were washed out by Hurricane Matthew in early October 2016. NCDOT maintains this road and has ordered new and larger pipes but unfortunately due to hundreds of washouts across the state as a result of the storm and the fact that there are few companies that manufacture that size pipe, NCDOT had to wait for the pipes to be made and delivered. Repairs to Angier Road are taking place this spring. 

Five Points Area

NCDOT is in the beginning phase of preliminary design and environmental study for the Five Points area (Highway 401 / Highway 55 / Highway 42). The project is scheduled to enter into Right of Way acquisition in 2019 with construction in 2021.

In Angier, NCDOT is beginning environmental study on widening Highway 55 in from Angier to the (Holland Road) southern parts of Fuquay-Varina jurisdiction.

Update April 2017