Transportation Projects

The Town is making significant progress on many transportation projects. The Town currently has $33 million in road projects in design.

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.  Below is an update on several transportation projects:

Intersection of Judd Parkway / Main Street / Broad Street


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

Progress Update: Construction on the NE Judd Parkway Intersection Project (Judd/Main/Broad) will began on Jan. 22, 2018.  Planning for the project began immediately following citizen approval of the 2015 Transportation Bond and will expand the Judd/Main/Broad intersection by adding lanes on NE Judd Parkway from Old Honeycutt Road past the Walmart shopping center.   With design, right-of-way acquisition and government approvals complete, the Town begins the 18-month project which is expected to increase traffic flow and efficiency at one of Fuquay-Varina’s most congested intersections.  The Fred Smith Company is the contractor for the project.  The total project budget is over $7 million and is funded through a combination of bonds and grants. 

Find updates on how construction might affect your commute.

Intersection of Main Street/ Sunset Lake Road / Purfoy Road

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

Progress UpdateThis project is funded through a combination of grant and bonds and has been phased.  In April 2016, the Town seized an opportunity to add partial lane improvements through an NCDOT repaving project taking place on Hwy. 401.  These partial improvements were 18 month ahead of schedule and saved taxpayers $500,000.  

As of February 2018, improvements at the Main/Sunset/Purfoy intersection are about 90% complete.  In March, the concrete island north of the railroad on Sunset Lake Road will be demolished which will allow better access to the southbound dual left turn lane (onto Hwy 401) as well as better access to the left turn stacking for northbound traffic onto Broad Street.   Here are the changes that haven taken place to improve traffic flow at this intersection:

  • Modifications on Purfoy Road that provide for full functionality of the 2nd left turn lane which also improves traffic flow on the existing thru lane.
  • The Sunset Lake Road approach got 2 dedicated left turn lanes, a dedicated thru lane and a right turn lane.
  • Removal of the concrete island north of the railroad on Sunset Lake Road allowing better access to the southbound dual left turn lane (onto Hwy 401) as well as better access to the left turn stacking for northbound traffic onto Broad Street.  (Coming in March 2018)
  • Pedestrian crossings and signals at the intersection

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 go to bid May/June 2018 with construction to follow. This project is funded through a combination of grant and bonds.

Sunset Lake Road / Bass Lake Road /Hilltop Needmore Road

In 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. 

As of early 2018, the project is nearing right of way completion which means construction of the turn lane work is projected for summer 2018.

Products Road

Products Road is being completed by a private developer through an agreement and is not a Town of Fuquay-Varina road project. At the end of 2017, work began to install power for the traffic signal located at Products Road.  Final paving work will not begin until spring due to NCDOT weather restrictions associated with low winter temperatures.  In order to pave, temperatures must be consistently above 40 degrees and rising.  Look for final paving to take place in early spring 2018.

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.

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. 

How will Construction Affect My Commute?

The town gives weekly updates on how construction is anticipated to affect traffic in the construction zone areas at and on the Town's Facebook page.

Update Feb 2018