Buck Jones Road Widening Project

Last updated Oct. 12, 2017 - 9:38 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 Thursday, Oct. 12

In mid-October, the contractor is scheduled to place temporary pavement over the previously installed section box culvert on the east side of Buck Jones Road near Bashford Road. Once the new pavement is installed and a temporary barrier wall is in place, the contractor will switch the traffic pattern.

The new traffic pattern will allow the contractor to begin construction activities that lead up to the installation of the second half of the new box culvert. Crews will install a temporary driveway for some residents of Arbor Creek Apartments near the Little Sue Marketplace and then will close the existing driveway at that location. Once the driveway work is completed, the shoring operations and dewatering will take place followed by the installation of the second half of the new box culvert.

There will be several new bus pads and bus shelters installed along Buck Jones Road, and pedestrians will find it much easier to walk along the corridor with the new sidewalk on both sides of the street. Currently, the contractor has about half of the new sidewalk installed, and new bus shelter pads are being installed along the way as well.

At Farm Gate Road the contractor has installed some of the curb and gutter that forms the new roundabout. In the next few weeks, the contractor is scheduled to start the installation of the center section of the roundabout. The contractor will have traffic in the new roundabout configuration while the middle section is underway. Please use extreme caution, pay close attention to all signage with this new configuration, and stay to the right in the roundabout pattern.

NCDOT Guide to Understanding Roundabouts

How to drive a roundabout:

  • Yield to vehicles already in the roundabout;
  • Once in the roundabout, you have the right of way;
  • Use your turn signal when exiting the roundabout; and
  • Always be cautious and look for unexpected vehicles, pedestrians or bicycles.

Be aware there are lanes closures along the project corridor between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please drive slowly through the work zone and watch for flagging operations.

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Summary

The 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; and,
  • 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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