The Town’s study to develop an overall vision for the Trinity Road corridor is on hold due to recent project developments at NCDOT. The State’s draft 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) included funding for the Trinity Road and E. Chatham Street railroad grade separation project. Design will begin this year, and construction is currently proposed for 2028. The draft STIP maybe incur revisions until it’s adopted Summer 2019.
Staff will continue to follow State’s project and have begun coordinating with NCDOT Rail. Until further information is provided by the State and their representatives, any further analysis will pause as it may be incorporated into NCDOT’s design process.
In 2018, the Town of Cary initiated an alignment and transportation study for Trinity Road between its current stub near Cary Towne Boulevard and East Chatham Street. This section of Trinity Road is planned to be a four-lane, landscaped median roadway with bike and pedestrian facilities. It will provide access to approximately 160 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to WakeMed Soccer Park.
The scope for the Trinity Road Study includes:
- Identification and review of the pros and cons of alternate road alignments
- Conceptual design of road alignment alternatives that meet the overall vision for the Trinity Road corridor as defined in the Eastern Cary Gateway Special Planning Area
- Planning for the accommodation of future transportation needs and service for all users
- Incorporation of public involvement by working with key stakeholders and the community at large
Cost will be determined as part of the study.
On April 16, 2018 Town staff and VHB, the project consultant, conducted stakeholder meetings with various property owners and groups interested in the Trinity Rd extension between Cary Towne Blvd and E Chatham St. These were information gathering meetings. The project team educated the stakeholders about the study, but the main focus of each meeting was listening to each stakeholder's priorities, needs, and goals for the future.
The State of North Carolina is the primary stakeholder impacted by the Trinity Road extension, currently owning over 273 acres between E. Chatham Street and Cary Towne Blvd. The State plans to sell 92 acres north of Cary Towne Blvd to Columbia Development for the proposed Fenton mixed-use development. Trinity Road’s location through the proposed Fenton development was identified in the development’s approved rezoning. Between E. Chatham Street and Walnut Creek, the location of the Trinity Road extension will be identified as part of the study. The Town is coordinating with the State to identify their preference on the road’s location since the road solely crosses their land.
Transportation Planning Engineer
Transportation & Facilities Department