Cary Parkway and High House Road Project History

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Construction Update History

Construction Update - February 11, 2019

The recent warmer weather has allowed us to complete the installation of the permanent pavements markings, bus shelter, and install most of the permanent signage. Major items of work remaining include the installation of the decorative traffic signal, which is expected to be delivered by the beginning of March. Duke Energy Progress is also finishing up street light installation.

Pavement Marking - website

Construction Update - January 28, 2019

Since the start of the new year, we have been completing the installation of new aesthetic features at the intersection. The decorative brick crosswalks are complete; the new bus shelter is 95 percent installed; landscaping has been re-worked, including the planting of fescue sod; and street lighting is almost complete.  

We are expecting the permanent, decorative traffic signals to arrive in February.

Construction Update - December 28, 2018

With the opening of the new left and right turn lanes, we have begun installation of the aesthetic enhancements, including the decorative, stamped brick crosswalks and bus shelter. Duke Energy Progress has also installed most of the pedestrian level decorative lighting. These features will add unique visual elements to this intersection.

Bus and Crosswalk for website

Construction Update - December 14, 2018

We have opened the newly construction left turn lanes, which are expected to reduce congestion at the intersection. In the coming weeks, the contractor will install permanent pavement markings, stamped brick crosswalks, landscaping and a unique bus shelter as weather allows. There will be no lane closures allowed from 7 a.m. December 21 to 9:30 a.m. January 2 for the holidays.

Construction Update - December 7, 2018

Weather permitting, the newly constructed left turn lanes at Cary Parkway and High House Road are scheduled to be opened next week. There will be intermittent lane closures thorough early next year as weather allows to complete permanent pavement markings and signage, landscaping, bus shelter installation, and decorative traffic signal installation.

Construction Update - November 30, 2018

Asphalt milling and paving is ongoing and expected to be completed the week of December 3. Over the next couple of weeks the permanent pavement markings, landscaping, signal and bus shelter work is expected as we prepare to open all lanes of travel by the end of the year.

Roller CPHH Website

Construction Update - November 9, 2018

Weather permitting, the existing asphalt will be milled beginning November 12. The new, final layer of asphalt is scheduled to be paved starting November 19. It is expected to take two to three weeks to complete this work. Final signal work is also expected to begin November 12. Landscaping has begun and completed along the medians of High House Road.

The new pedestrian bridge being constructed as part of the SW Cary Parkway Pedestrian Bridge and Sidewalk Project is expected to be set on November 17. Check out the project web page for more information.

Landscaped Median web

Construction Update - October 26, 2018

We have begun construction of the new decorative bus shelter along westbound High House Road. Final paving and signal work is scheduled to start in two to four weeks. Duke Energy Progress continues to perform underground utility work and has installed some street lights.   

Construction Update - October 12, 2018

Most of the curb and gutter and asphalt has been completed in the median of Cary Parkway. Over the next couple of weeks masonry work and initial prep for the new signal pole foundations will begin.  Installation of new street lights is ongoing.

NB CP Median

Construction Update - September 28, 2018

Medians on High House Road have been constructed, and similar median work has begun on Cary Parkway. Median construction is expected to take about two weeks to complete. The new right turn lanes built during phase one have been opened to traffic. Duke Energy Progress has also begun installation of permanent street lighting.

 High House Median Website_180926

Construction Update - September 18, 2018

Weather permitting, contractors working on behalf of the Town of Cary will close one or more of the innermost lanes in each direction of High House Road near the intersection of NW Cary Parkway from 9:30 a.m. September 20 to 7 a.m. September 26. Drivers traveling through the area should expect heavy delays and use caution.

More information can be found in the traffic alert for this work.

Construction Update - September 7, 2018

Work in the median of High House Road has begun. The existing median on the western side of the intersection has been removed for construction of the new left turn lane.

Construction Update - August 31, 2018

Weather permitting, we will close a driveway along southbound NW Cary Parkway near Mellow Mushroom and a driveway along westbound High House Road near Wells Fargo between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on September 4; businesses in the area will remain accessible. 

This work will be completed as we move into the second phase of the project. During phase two, dual left turn lanes at three approaches will be constructed.

More information can be found in the traffic alert for this work.

Construction Update - August 24, 2018

New sidewalk has been installed on northbound Cary Parkway, as well as eastbound and westbound High House Road. Over the next week, sidewalk will be completed on southbound Cary Parkway. We will also be preparing to begin work in the median, which is expected to start in the next month. Left lane closures will be necessary to complete this work safely. More information will be provided before work begins.

Over the next two to four weeks, Duke Energy Progress is expected to begin installing permanent street lights.

EB HH Sidewalk Construction

Construction Update - August 10, 2018

New sidewalk has been installed on westbound High House Road, and new pavement has been installed on southbound Cary Parkway. Over the next two weeks, grading and sidewalk is expected to be complete on eastbound High House Road. 

WB HH- New Sidewalk

Construction Update - July 27, 2018

New curb and gutter has been installed on southbound Cary Parkway and eastbound High House Road.  Grading for new sidewalk has begun on westbound High House Road and it is expected to be complete within the next two weeks.

Curb and Gutter - EB HH

Construction Update - July 14, 2018

Grading has begun on southbound Cary Parkway and is expected to continue for the next two weeks prior to paving.

The first layer of asphalt has been installed on eastbound High House. New curb and gutter will be poured and additional asphalt placed over the next two weeks.

SB CP Grading (Custom)

Construction Update - June 28, 2018

On northbound Cary Parkway, we have installed the asphalt base, the first of three layers of asphalt to be placed. New curb and gutter has also been installed. 

Grading is almost complete on eastbound High House, and we will soon progress to southbound Cary Parkway. Additional asphalt and curb and gutter is expected to be complete within the next two weeks.

Lane closures are not allowed on July 3 and 4 to reduce traffic interruptions during the Independence Day holiday.

NB CP - Base and CG (Custom) (Custom)

Construction Update - June 15, 2018

Asphalt base and new curb and gutter has been installed on the westbound High House Road approach. Grading has begun on the northbound High House Road approach and the asphalt base and curb and gutter is scheduled to be completed in two weeks. Grading will then progress to the eastbound High House Road approach. New fiber optic cable has been installed throughout the project area to run traffic signals and Town communications. This new cable is scheduled to be spliced into service during the week of June 18.



Construction Update - May 25, 2018

The switch over to the temporary signal on wooden poles has been completed and the existing metal poles have been removed. Installation of conduit for new fiber optic cable has begun. Road construction and AT&T utility relocation will resume on westbound High House Road after the holiday. Please remember to drive slowly and use caution while traveling through the intersection and surrounding areas.

Construction Update - May 14, 2018

Installation of the temporary signal is almost completed and it is expected to be activated within the week. Temporary lane closures throughout the intersection are still anticipated in order to remove the existing traffic signals and for installation of new fiber optic cable.

Temporary Signal

180509, Temp Signal

Construction Update - April 30, 2018

Road construction has begun on the westbound High House Road approach. AT&T is relocating their facilities at this approach and will move to the southbound Cary Parkway approach. Erosion control measures have been installed at various locations throughout the intersection. Throughout the next month there will be temporary lane closures on each approach in order to install a temporary traffic signal on wooden poles, removal of the existing traffic signal, and installation of new signal fiber optic cable. All driveways and business at the intersection will be open during construction.

Wooden Poles for Temporary Signal

 Wooden Poles for Temp Signal

Construction Update - April 13, 2018

Weather permitting, road construction will begin on Monday, April 16. Earlier this week message boards were placed on site notifying travelers of upcoming construction. Check out the Traffic Alert for more information.

Construction Update – March 19, 2018

PSNC has completed relocation of an existing gas line. Duke Energy Progress is still on-site working on relocation of their facilities and installation of temporary street lights.

News Release: Work to Begin in April

Construction Update - March 5, 2018

Private utility companies are relocating their facilities in advance of construction. This is done to reduce the risk of accidental damage and service outages during construction. Lane closures are anticipated to safely complete this work. 

PSNC is scheduled to be onsite until March 19 and Duke Energy Progress is scheduled to be onsite until the end of March.

Project Background

Since fall 2008, the Town has worked with citizens to review characteristics and operations of the intersection of Cary Parkway and High House Road. The goal has been to determine how it will operate in the future, and explore potential design options. Three options were originally considered including the single quadrant, double quadrant and traditional widening of the intersection. Several community meetings and public hearings were held with local business owners and citizens in 2009 and 2010 to obtain feedback on the three options. In October 2012, Town Council selected the traditional intersection improvements design as the preferred alternative.

This alternative will improve the intersection by incorporating an additional left turn lane on both High House Road approaches and the northbound Cary Parkway approach. An exclusive right turn lane will be incorporated on all approaches. The existing traffic signal will also be upgraded to include new decorative traffic signal mast arm poles. A streetscape enhancement plan will also be included to preserve and enhance the intersection aesthetics. The plan will preserve as many of the existing street trees as possible and only replace those impacted by the widening. New meandering sidewalks will replace those impacted by the widening. The plan will preserve the existing clock tower and walls. Some of the columns near the intersection will be relocated.

General Map of Project Area

A public informational meeting was held March 19, 2015 in the Cary Senior Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The local community and Cary citizens reviewed the roadway design plans and exhibits which included the new turn lanes and streetscape features for the intersection. Town of Cary representatives discussed the design plans and answered questions.

Project Cost and Schedule

Design, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, and construction costs totaling $4,910,089 are funded for this project. Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) accounts for 72%, or $3,526,000, of this project. 

The anticipated schedule for this project is summarized below:

  • Surveying/Start Design (Summer 2014)
  • Public Meeting (Winter 2015)
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition (Summer 2016 through Winter 2017)
  • Complete Design/Obtain NCDOT Final Plan Approval (Winter 2017 through Spring 2017) 
  • Construction Letting (Fall 2017)
  • Begin Construction (Spring 2018)
  • End Construction (Spring 2019)

Project Updates

February 2018: Duke Energy Progress is currently onsite relocating underground power lines and installing temporary street lights.

January 2018: Town Council approved the recommendation to award the construction of the project to the Fred Smith Company for $2,727,000 at the January 11, 2018 Council Meeting (View Staff Report).


November 2017: The project has been re-advertised for construction bids. The bid opening is currently scheduled for November 22.  More information can be found here.

September 2017: The Town of Cary held two construction bid openings in early August in which one bid was received.  This bid was substantially over the engineer's estimate and the available budget.

Town Council approved the recommendation to reject all bids for the project at the September 14, 2017 Council Meeting (View Staff Report).

Project Resources

Around 70 citizens attended the public information open house on Tuesday, June 13th.  The following resources were on display:


Amir Nezarati, P.E.
Project Engineer
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary
(919) 380-4235