Buck Jones Road Widening Project

Last updated Jul. 05, 2017 - 8:52 am
  • 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 Wednesday, July 5

Beginning Monday, July 10, Buck Jones Road from Orchard Street to Wilmont Drive will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on some Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate construction related to the Buck Jones Road Widening Project. The partial closing is scheduled to run through the beginning of August.

Construction crews will replace old sanitary sewer services to residents between Orchard Street and Wilmont Drive. Access for residents and emergency services will be maintained at all times during the construction.

Northeast traffic will be detoured from Buck Jones Road to Orchard Street to Wilmont Drive back to Buck Jones Road, and southwest traffic will use Wilmont drive to Orchard Street to Buck Jones Road. Transit stops located in the impacted area will be relocated between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p. m.

Curb and gutter are also being installed along the corridor. Currently, there is new curb and gutter on the west side of the street between Norman Place and Bashford Road.

Crews installed the first section of a new box culvert on the east side of Buck Jones Road near Bashford Road. With the culvert in place, the contractor will install the new sanitary sewer and water mains that will run over the culvert. Once the underground utilities are in place crews will install temporary pavement and switch traffic to the east side of the road to install the west side of the culvert. The contractor expects the new traffic pattern to be in place by August.

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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.

Summary

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.

Images

Conceptual Buck Jones Road Typical Section

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
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

History

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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