NC 56 Corridor Study

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a corridor study?

A corridor study identifies both current and future transportation deficiencies along a roadway segment. Technical analysis is combined with input from the community to develop a range of possible solutions. For each option, trade-offs are quantified, and performance measured against the goals of the community. Ideally, appropriate improvements to safety and accessibility can be achieved at a reasonable cost, while preserving or enhancing economic vitality, community resources, and environmental conditions. Both long-range investments and more immediate enhancements that help advance the overall vision are included in the scope of this study, as are pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and freight modes. Relevant land-use and design issues and policies will also be considered.

What is the anticipated result of this corridor study?

The NC 56 Corridor Study will yield an integrated, multi-modal set of prioritized projects intended to enhance safety and mobility. Improvements to traffic flow will be balanced against convenient access to adjacent properties, preservation of community and environmental resources, and total project costs. Travel on foot and bicycle will be considered, as well as transit and freight. Short-range, lower-cost solutions will be incorporated in a way that helps advance progress towards a comprehensive long-term vision that may include construction of more expensive new infrastructure projects. Potential outcomes may include recommendations for sidewalks and new crosswalk treatments; bike lanes, paths, or other facilities; innovative intersection redesigns; new turn lanes or turn restrictions; driveway improvements; medians or other changes to roadway cross-sections; enhanced horizontal or vertical roadway alignments; and modifications to signalization and traffic control systems. Final decisions, however, will be in the hands of local and state officials responding to input from the community as a whole. Implementation schedules will depend on the availability funding and on the relative priorities of competing projects.

How is this study funded?

The NC 56 Corridor Study is funded by CAMPO. Future phases of the study, including construction, are not yet funded. The Core Technical Team and Stakeholder Oversight Team will work with the study consultants to identify potential funding sources and innovative strategies to maximize the competiveness of proposed improvements within the NCDOT prioritization process.

How does the NC 56 Corridor Study relate to the Butner Gateway Plan?

The Town of Butner recently began studying the redevelopment potential of the large tract of land between I-85 and NC 56, north of the Gate 2 Road interchange. This plan includes potential changes to NC 56 between I-85 and 33rd Street, including the possibility of a new intersecting roadway across from West Lyon Station Road. Also under consideration is a new I-85 overpass connecting 26th Street with East Lyon Station Road, a project included in the just-released draft STIP. This project could have significant impacts on pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns in the western portion of the study area.

How does the NC 56 Corridor Study relate to other projects in the area?

Our assessment of future conditions along the corridor will consider other planned or proposed transportation projects, as well as likely future developments and land use changes. The study team is reviewing all relevant land use and transportation plans, and will incorporate them in our analyses and proposals. Of particular interest are the Butner Gateway plan, and projects in the NCDOT’s recently-released draft STIP, including improvements the US 15 and NC 50 intersections with NC 56, and the extension of 26th Street over I-85 to East Lyon Station Road.

Why is this study being conducted now?

Local planners have long recognized the need for improvements along this segment of NC 56, and have requested funds for a study to document deficiencies and develop a set of solutions that reflect the community’s priorities. Funding for such a study has now become available through CAMPO.

How will people in the community participate and learn what is going on during the NC 56 Corridor Study?

There will be two public meetings as part of this process, the first of which is on January 26th, 2015; the second will be in the spring of 2015. These public meetings are great opportunities to provide input on the study. A variety of means will be used to keep people informed, including local newspaper postings, newsletters, and the Butner and Creedmoor websites. If you ever want to know what is going on, this website will also be updated with the latest news on the study.

What is the best way for me to be notified about important NC 56 Corridor Study meetings?

This website will have upcoming meeting information posted, and you can also sign up for the email list which will be used to announce upcoming meetings.