Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing roadway improvements at the intersection of Optimist Farm Road (S.R. 1390) and Bells Lake Road (S.R. 1386).  The purpose of this project is to relieve congestion and improve traffic operations to an acceptable level of service.  The project proposes to install a signal and construct left-turn lanes on all approaches of the intersection. 

In 2020, Optimist Farm Road had an average daily volume of 4,600 to 7,500 vehicles per day and Bells Lake Road had a 2020 average daily volume of 4,600 to 5,300 vehicles per day. None of the approaching legs at the study intersection have dedicated turn lanes to allow turning vehicles to move out of the through travel lane. The goal of this project is to improve traffic flow and operations on Optimist Farm Road and Bells Lake Road.

Project History

The Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law includes a provision for a funding allocation to local governments based on funding contributed by the local government to transportation projects or revenue from tolling. This bonus allocation can be used to fund the construction of other eligible highway projects.  

Early in 2020, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) received notice from NCDOT that there would be a bonus allocation to CAMPO from the N.C. 540 project. This intersection project was one of several selected by CAMPO for the bonus allocation funding. NCDOT began project development work in early 2021.

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Project Funding


 Estimated Amount*

   Project Development & Design  $       250,000  
   Right of Way Acquisition  $       360,000  
   Construction  $    2,700,000  
   Total Cost

  $    3,310,000  

* Estimated costs are subject to change

Project Timeline



  Environmental Document     March 2023 
  Right of Way Acquisition          October 2023 
  Utility Relocation May 2024 
  Construction Begins      Summer 2025 

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

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John Braxton

NCDOT Highway Division 5

1573 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1573


984-205-6615   Code 8385


Henry Phillips

Project Manager - Ramey Kemp Associates

5808 Faringdon Place

Raleigh, NC  27609

984-205-6615   Code 8385





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Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  

Right-of-Way Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions


Right of way Acquisition Process Videos


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