Buck Jones Road Widening Project
This project is being led by: Street and Sidewalk Design Construction
URS Corporation North Carolina
Project Design Consultant
A public hearing was held on October 1, 2013 where Raleigh City Council approved construction and authorized assessments and right of way acquisition. Construction funding for the project has also been secured through the passing of the 2013 Transportation Bond.
History and Background
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)
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, as well as a a center turn lane for adequate turning traffic storage at the remaining intersections along the project. The widened roadway will include marked bicycle lanes, curbs, gutters, culvert replacement near Bashford Road, and new streetlights. Additionally, sidewalks will be provided on both sides of Buck Jones Road from Farm Gate Road to Xebec Way and transit stops will be upgraded to include marked crosswalks and pedestrian refuge islands at mid-block crossings. A sidewalk will also be installed on the west side of Buck Jones from Farm Gate to the existing bridge overpass of I-40.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of this project is to improve access to southwest Raleigh and increase traffic and pedestrian mobility and safety along this minor thoroughfare. Construction of the roundabouts, additional turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks, will enhance patron safety and reduce traffic congestion by eliminating the need for through traffic to stop for turning vehicles.
|Corridor Public Meeting - 25% Design Plans
||November 29, 2010|
|Design Public Meeting - 65% Design Plans
||January 4, 2012|
|Design Public Meeting - 90% Design Plans||June 2013
|City Council Public Hearing||October 1, 2013
|Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition||Current - Summer 2014|
|Awarding of Construction Contract||Summer 2014
|Start of Construction||Fall 2014|
|Project Completion||Late 2015|
Total Projected Cost - $8,165,000.00
Construction funding for this project was included in the 2013 Transportation Bond, which was approved by voters in October 2013.