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Reduce Congestion through Intersection Improvements

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Project Update

September 2019 

Work begins October 2019. As part of the intersection improvements project, Cary will install an additional right turn lane to improve the flow of traffic in the area.

Other improvements that will be completed by Fred Smith Company, the contractor working on behalf of the Town, include sidewalks and mast arm traffic signals.

maynard high house

Private Utility Relocations

July 2018

Maynard and High House Utility Work

The intersections of NW Maynard Road at Chapel Hill Road, High Meadow Drive at Cary Parkway and Cary Parkway at the US 1/64 Ramps are complete. The other three intersections, Kildaire Farm Road at Cary Parkway, Cary Parkway at Evans Road, and NW Maynard Road at High House Road, are under contract to be constructed now. Private utility relocations are currently underway at these locations.

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Project Background

All signalized intersections were included in the selection of potential locations to provide geometric or safety improvements. Town staff tracks the traffic operations of all signalized intersections within Town limits. Intersections with failing Levels of Service (LOS) are analyzed to determine what geometric or signal timing improvements are needed to improve the LOS to an acceptable level. Of the 170-plus signalized intersections in Town, approximately 16 operate with an unacceptable LOS in either the morning and/or afternoon peak hours. For some of these intersections, the improvements needed to allow the intersection to operate at an acceptable LOS would be beyond the scope of this project. Those intersections with deficiencies that could be improved through minor improvements were given higher consideration.

Additionally, Town staff works with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to identify intersections in Town with elevated crash rates. Town staff investigated these intersections to identify safety improvements that could be implemented to reduce the crash rate at those intersections.

After consideration of both operational characteristics and safety concerns from these lists, staff compiled a recommended listing of intersections to be included in this project from among the top locations. The following intersections are considered for improvements to address either safety or operational concerns: 

The Town has hired Ramey Kemp and Associates, Inc. to perform engineering design services and construction administration for the intersection improvements project.

Project Status

Town Council approved the design concepts for four of the five intersections at the March 13, 2014 Town Council Meeting. Due to the sensitive nature of the improvements to the community, Council tabled the Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway intersection improvements and directed staff to provide a more detailed analysis of the intersection improvements and how the improvements would affect the road network. After completing a detailed analysis of various options, the Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway intersection concept was approved at the September 11, 2014 Town Council Meeting. Concept drawings and a listing of the major improvements for each intersection are described below:

Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway
  • New eastbound and westbound right turn lanes on Cary Parkway 
  • New southbound right turn land on Kildaire Farm Road
  • Extend the eastbound left turn lane on Cary Parkway
  • Metal pole mast arm signal upgrade
  • Landscaping re-vegetation plan (Proposed Conceptual Landscaping Replacement Plan, Proposed Vegetation Concept Plan)

Cary Parkway and Evans Road

  • New additional eastbound left turn lane on Cary Parkway
  • New southbound right turn lane and sidewalk on Evans Road
  • Signal modifications
  • New pedestrian push button and crosswalks on all four corners of the intersection
  • New decorative stamped concrete median where the median is of insufficient width for landscaping      

NW Maynard Road and High House Road

  • New southbound right turn lane on NW Maynard Road
  • Metal pole mast arm signal upgrade
  • New high visibility cross walk on High House Road connecting to the Black Creek Greenway 
  • Relocate pedestrian crossing button closer to sidewalk on northwest corner of intersection

NW Maynard Road and Chapel Hill Road

  • Proposed lane reconfiguration for additional left turn lane on westbound Chapel Hill Road
  • New decorative stamped concrete pork chop island on eastbound Chapel Hill road to the channelize right turns
  • New high visibility cross walk on westbound Chapel Hill Road connecting to the Black Creek Greenway 
  • Relocate pedestrian crossing button closer to sidewalk on southeast corner intersection

Cary Parkway near US 1/64 Ramps

  • This improvement will allow two continuous through lanes to continue through the interchange on Cary Parkway (one of the two northbound through lanes currently drops to a right turn only lane).

Public Meetings

A citizens information workshop was held to receive public input on the project. Comments and information received from the public will be used in conjunction with comments provided by other agencies, such as the North Carolina Department of Transportation, to help shape the project.

Citizens Information Workshop

January 8, 2014
4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Herb Young Community Center 
101 Wilkinson Avenue
Cary, NC 27513

Meeting Materials
Preliminary Design Maps
Fact Sheet Handout 

Project Cost and Schedule

The estimated total project cost is $3,000,000 for design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. Funding for this project was approved by Cary voters as part of the 2012 Community Investment Bonds referendum.

Cary Parkway near US 1/64

  • Design Complete - Fall 2014
  • Right of Way and Easement Acquisition - N/A (project is located within the public right of way)
  • Construction - Spring 2016 (Completed)

NW Maynard Road and Chapel Hill Road

  • Design Complete - Spring 2015
  • Right of Way and Easement Acquisition - N/A (project is located within the public right of way)
  • Construction - Fall 2015 (Completed)

Cary Parkway and Evans Road, NW Maynard Road and High House Road, & Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway

  • Design Complete - Spring 2016
  • Right of Way and Easement Acquisition Complete - Winter 2016
  • Construction Complete - Summer 2019

Contact

Sammy Wood
Project Engineer
Transportation & Facilities Department
(919) 380-4204
sammy.wood@townofcary.org