Buck Jones Road Widening Project

Last updated Feb. 20, 2017 - 1:02 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Street Improvement Project
  • $8,165,000
  • Roadway Design and Construction (Lead)
  • URS Corporation North Carolina (Project Design Consultant)
  • Carolina Sunrock, LLC (Construction Contractor)

Current Activity

Posted Monday, February 20, 2017

Duke Energy Progress (DEP) is just about complete with their power pole relocation work along the corridor. They have been moving poles along the corridor to make way for the installation of their new underground and overhead lines as well as other underground utilities. Soon, other private utility companies, such as AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and PSNC will begin their relocation work along the corridor. AT&T is currently relocating their underground cables, Time Warner Cable is scheduled to begin relocation of their overhead lines early this March, and PSNC is scheduled to start relocating underground gas lines the last week of February.

The clearing and grubbing operations are still underway along the corridor and will continue for the next few weeks.

The sanitary sewer and water relocation work that has closed Buck Jones Road each day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Orchard Street and Wilmont Drive is moving along nicely, and crews expect to have that section of sanitary sewer relocation complete within the next couple of weeks.

Barclay Drive is scheduled to be closed starting on Monday, February 27, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. while a sanitary sewer line is replaced. Residents will have access to the street via Norman Place and South Lakeside Drive during the detour times.

Crews have installed a new parking lot behind the apartments located at 224 Buck Jones Road. Last week they finished the paving operations and this week they are scheduled to stripe the parking lot and complete some grading operations in that area.

This week crews are scheduled to start grading operations in preparation for the upcoming installation of a box culvert near Bashford Drive and the Little Sue Mini Mart. In the first weeks of March, the shoring will be installed, and the first sections of the box culvert are expected to be delivered mid-March. This area will also be used for a future traffic shift sometime in Summer 2017.

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The Raleigh Television Network featured the Buck Jones Road Widening Project during the latest edition of Under Construction, a show that highlights Capital Improvement Projects in Raleigh.


The proposed widening of Buck Jones Road will begin near Farm Gate Road and extend to Xebec Way. Street improvements will include:

  • Two proposed roundabouts at Farm Gate Road and Bashford Road
  • A center turn lane for adequate turning traffic storage at the remaining intersections along the corridor
  • Marked bicycle lanes
  • Curbs and gutters
  • Culvert replacement near Bashford Road
  • New streetlights
  • Sidewalks on both sides of Buck Jones Road from Farm Gate Road to Xebec Way
  • Transit stops will be upgraded to include marked crosswalks and pedestrian refuge islands at mid-block crossings.
  • A sidewalk installed on the west side of Buck Jones from Farm Gate to the existing bridge overpass of I-40.


Conceptual Buck Jones Road Typical Section


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
November 2, 2010Corridor Public Meeting - 25% Design Plans
January 1, 2014Design Public Meeting - 65% Design Plans
June - 2013Design Public Meeting - 90% Design Plans
October 1, 2013Design Public Meeting - 90% Design Plans
December 2015Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
May 2016Advertise for Construction Contract
August 2016Award Construction Contract
Summer 2018Project Completion


The Buck Jones Road Widening project is part of the 2005 Road Bond approved by voters of the City of Raleigh. Initial design funding for the project was authorized by the Raleigh City Council as part of the 2008-09 Capital Improvement Program.

This road is classified as a minor thoroughfare in the City's 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The existing roadway is primarily a two-lane roadway with inadequate turn lane accommodations at some intersections.

Existing Traffic Volume: 10,400 vehicles per day

Projected Traffic Forecast: 12,800 vehicles per day (2035)

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