R-5930: North Chatham Park Way in Pittsboro
R-5930: North Chatham Park Way in Pittsboro
The N.C. Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Town of Pittsboro and Chatham Park investors, proposes to construct a new north-south roadway east of Pittsboro called North Chatham Park Way (STIP Project No. R-5930).
The proposed project begins at the U.S. 64 Bypass, just north of Suttles Road, and ends at the intersection of U.S. 15-501 near Russell Chapel Church Road, covering about 2.7 miles. It connects to the existing segment of Chatham Park Way (from U.S. 64 Business to U.S. 64 Bypass) that was recently built and is now open to traffic.
Currently, U.S. 15-501 is the only major north-south route through Pittsboro, funneling all traffic through the historic downtown area. NCDOT and the Town have identified an opportunity to partner with Chatham Park to accomplish the goal of providing an alternate route for traffic traveling through downtown Pittsboro while continuing to support the economic development of the region. It will increase mobility options for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
From the U.S. 64 Bypass to the proposed Grant Drive extension:
- Four-lane median-divided roadway with curb and gutter
- 10-foot wide multiuse paths on both sides. Bicycles would also be permitted to share the travel lanes.
The multiuse paths are preliminary and subject to agreement with the Town of Pittsboro.
From the proposed Grant Drive Extension to U.S. 15-501:
- Typical section is proposed to transition to a two-lane median divided roadway
- 7-foot wide shoulders (4-foot paved plus 3-foot grassed)
- 10-foot wide multiuse paths on both sides. Bicycles would also be permitted to ride on the paved shoulders and share the travel lanes.
The multiuse paths are preliminary and subject to municipal agreement with the Town of Pittsboro.
Intersection and Driveway Access
Access is proposed to be limited along North Chatham Park Way. Driveways and side streets are generally right-in-right-out, except at signalized intersections. Proposed intersections are based on known developments in the project area and are adequately spaced based on NCDOT standards. North Chatham Park Way proposes to construct median breaks and intersection stubs for these proposed connections. The intersections would then be signalized when warranted as road connections are made. The proposed corridor would ultimately provide five full-movement intersections and four right-in right-out intersections.
The intersection with U.S. 15-501 would be converted to a reduced-conflict intersection, a design used to improve safety and traffic flow on a highway. At this intersection left-turns from North Chatham Park Way and Russell Chapel Church Road onto U.S. 15-501 would be prohibited. Drivers wishing to turn left onto U.S. 15- 501 would make a right turn and then utilize U-turn bulbs north and south of the intersection to travel southbound or northbound, respectively. Reduced conflict intersections simplify the way traffic flows, removing potential conflict points when compared to traditional four-way intersections. The benefits of reduced conflict intersections include a reduction in number of crashes, improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, and the ability to accommodate more traffic without increased delays.
Virtual Presentation and Comment Period
|Final Environmental Document||Summer 2021|
|Final Designs||Summer 2021 - Spring 2022|
South Chatham Park Way
South Chatham Park Way is on the STIP as Project R-5963. It is scheduled to begin several years after North Chatham Park Way, with right-of-way currently scheduled to begin in Fall 2023 and construction to begin in Spring 2027.
Project R-5963 will extend from U.S. 15-501 on the south to connect with North Chatham Park Way just north of the U.S. 64 Bypass. This project will consider if improvements are needed to the segment of Chatham Park Way recently opened (from U.S. 64 Business to north of U.S. 64 Bypass) based on the long-term design horizon.
More information will be provided to the community about South Chatham Park Way in the future when planning and design for that segment begins.
NCDOT will prepare the environmental document, anticipated to be a State Environmental Assessment, this summer. Final designs for Project R-5930 will begin this summer and are anticipated to be completed next spring. Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin in Spring 2022.