Carpenter Fire Station Road Bridge and Intersection Improvements

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Live Traffic Map

Get a quick glance of the intersection to evaluate traffic conditions within the project limits.


Project Updates

Construction Update – August 15, 2019

Ongoing Construction Activities

  • Utility conflicts with PSNC Gas, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon and Town Traffic Fiber have been completed.
  • Temporary Traffic Signal work complete at NC 55 Highway and Carpenter Fire Station Road.
  • Storm drainage activities in median of NC 55 Highway between Morrisville Carpenter Road and just north of Carpenter Fire Station Road.
  • Earthwork for railroad track removal for new bridge overpass began late July.
  • Contractor working to complete all waterline and sewer line work along Good Hope Church Road, NC 55, Saunders Grove Lane and portion of Morrisville Carpenter Road.
  • Roadway, storm drainage and grading work up to bridge site near railroad continues
  • Bridge construction expected to begin late-summer.
  • Punchlist Work for Waterline work along NC 55 and gravity sewer line work for 4101 NC 55 Highway (Gas Station/Snack Shop).
  • Storm Drainage along new roadway alignment between bridge site to Louis Stephens Drive.
  • Railroad Overpass Bridge (supports railroad track across new roadway).

For Aerial Map of Ongoing Construction Activities Summer 2019 

Upcoming Construction Activities – Start Late Summer 2019

  • Contractor will perform daytime lane closures along Morrisville Carpenter Road, Saunders Grove Lane and Good Hope Church Road for upcoming traffic switch and reopening of Saunders Grove Lane to Good Hope Church Road.
  • Traffic on all roadways will be maintained with at least one-lane open per direction of travel.

As of September 1, Saunders, Grove Lane will be open to through traffic to Good Hope Church Road. For map of roadway changes in Historic Carpenter

Construction Update - Summer 2019

Ongoing Construction Activities

  • Utility and storm drainage work along NC 55, Saunders Grove Lane, Carpenter Fire Station Road, Good Hope Church Road, Morrisville Carpenter Road.
  • Roadway grading work and roadway widening ongoing on Morrisville Carpenter Road between Good Hope Church Road and Louis Stephens Drive.
  • Saunders Grove Lane closed to thru traffic to construct new roadway and utility work near intersection with Good Hope Church Rd.
  • Widening storm drainage activities and utility work along Morrisville Carpenter Road between Louis Stephens and Good Hope Church Road ongoing.
  • Submittals for Bridge Construction
  • Earthwork for new roadway construction
  • Storm drainage activities for Morris Branch Intermittent Stream
  • Tie in of new 16” waterline with Good Hope Church Rd Tank

 Construction Activities Substantially Complete

  • 16” Waterline along NC 55 Highway
  • Railroad Detour Track
  • 16” Waterline, 14” Sanitary Sewer and 10” Sanitary Sewer at CSX Railroad
  • Gravity Sewer and Pump Station Demolition – Carpenter Gas Station NC 55
  • Temporary Traffic Signal at NC 55 and Carpenter Fire Station Road.
  • Highway Utility Relocation by MCI/Worldcom, AT&T Distribution, Spectrum/Charter, Town of Cary Traffic Signal Fiber, PSNC/Dominion Energy and Duke Energy.
  • View the history of the project.


Erosion Control Sediment Basin with Baffles along CSX Railroad Track just East of NC 55.

Western Wake Railroad Crossing Closures 

  • See map of the Western Wake Railroad Crossing closures
  • Per Crossing Consolidation Agreement in support of the new project, the Town of Cary, NCDOT and CSX Transportation permanently closed the at-grade railroad crossing at Carpenter Fire Station Road, east of NC 55 mid-July 2018.  See map of the closure.
  • Drivers will still be able to access Carpenter Fire Station Road west of NC 55 via a detour route using Morrisville Carpenter Road at-grade crossing to the south to NC 55 Highway. See map of detour.
  • The Town plans to open the route again; tentatively Fall 2022 via an underpass as part of the Carpenter Fire Station Road Realignment Project.

Project Schedule

  • Complete Design - Summer 2018
  • Began Highway Utility Conflict Relocations - Summer 2018
  • Bid Advertisement - Summer 2018
  • Bid Opening - Fall 2018
  • CSX Approval of Construction Agreement - Fall 2018
  • Notice of Award to Contractor - Fall 2018
  • Open O’Kelly Chapel Road Extension to Little Drive - Fall 2018
  • Bid Award Recommendation to Town Council - November 15, 2018
  • Contracts, Bonds and Insurance Executed between Contractor and Cary - Winter 2019
  • Begin Construction - January 14, 2019
  • Complete Highway Utility Conflict Relocations - Fall 2019
  • Temporary Railroad Crossing Closure Morrisville-Carpenter Rd - mid-July 2019
  • Begin Bridge Overpass Construction - Summer 2019
  • Complete Bridge Overpass Construction - Summer 2022
  • Open New Roadway to NC 55 with CSX Railroad Grade Separation - Summer 2022
  • Substantial Completion - Summer 2022
  • Open New Roadway to NC 55 with CSX Railroad Grade Separation - Summer 2022
  • Complete Construction - Fall 2022
  • Close Morrisville Carpenter Road at CSX At-Grade Railroad Crossing - Fall 2022


Robert E. Shultes
Project Engineer
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary
(919) 380-4104