Carpenter Fire Station Road Widening

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Project Background

Carpenter Fire Station Road currently carries about 13,000 vehicles per day, compared to 3,500 in 2003. Traffic, higher than average for a two-lane road, will continue to increase as northwest Cary continues to grow. Widening the road will reduce congestion and improve safety for drivers and pedestrians. The roadway currently has no pedestrian or bicycle accommodations. This enhanced pedestrian connectivity will help citizens in nearby neighborhoods access destinations such as the Northwest Cary YMCA, Crosspointe Church and a Carpenter Fire Station Neighborhood Park being planned at the intersection of Carpenter Fire Station Road and Highcroft Drive.

Project Overview

The project consists of widening Carpenter Fire Station Road from Cameron Pond Drive to NC 55.


The existing roadway is primarily two lanes wide. The project will widen the roadway to a four-lane, median-divided section with curb and gutter, aesthetically enhanced medians, street lighting, pedestrian and bicycle facilities consistent with our Cary Community Plan.

This project is also being coordinated with the Carpenter Fire Station Road Bridge and Intersection Improvements Project. Together these projects will provide improvements to this important thoroughfare including increased mobility and reduced congestion between Yates Store Road and Good Hope Church Road in western Cary.

The Town selected RK&K to provide professional service, including planning, design and preparation of construction documents.  Cary staff will need to coordinate with NCDOT throughout the design process since Carpenter Fire Station Road is a NCDOT maintained roadway.

Project Status

Our first public workshop was held on February 26th at the NW Cary YMCA/Crosspointe Church, located at 6911 Carpenter Fire Station Road. Citizens were able to review preliminary plans shown and the new four-lane median-divided facility, including the roadway, sidewalk, street-side trail, and on-road bike lane option. 

Project Cost

A total of $10.4 million is included in the Capital Improvements Budget.  $1.1 million is budgeted for design, $3.2 million for right of way and easement acquisition, and $6.1 million for construction.

Project Schedule

Anticipated start and completion of this project will occur 2020-2024. 

Right of Way and Utility Plans Complete   Summer 2020
Right of Way Acquisition                              Fall 2020 to Spring 2021
Final Plans Complete                                    Fall 2021
Construction Advertisement                        Winter 2022


Tom Ellis, PE
Project Engineer
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary
(919) 469-4333