U.S. 301 Bypass Widening
Project # U-3330
Type: Bypass Widening
Affected Counties: Nash
Estimated Cost: $32,600,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will begin widening a two-mile section of the U.S. 301 Bypass from just south of May Drive (SR 1836) to Benvenue Road (NC 43/48) in Rocky Mount.
As the main commercial and retail area in Rocky Mount, this corridor is expected to experience continued growth and increased traffic. The changes will accommodate this growth and increased traffic, enhance traffic flow, and increase safety conditions.
Two bridges will also be replaced - one over Stony Creek to accommodate rising floodwaters and the other over U.S. 64 to allow adequate clearance and road widening.
The number of lanes on the Bypass will increase from four to six (an additional lane on each side). Classified as an expressway, the plan is similar to a "superstreet" design, with a high-speed, median- divided, partially-controlled roadway without traffic signals.
Supporters contend this is a necessary improvement to allow for continued growth expected in this area. However, similar designs proposed in other DOT projects have raised concerns about ease of access into and out of existing businesses.
Rocky Mount Telegram: "Engineers present plan to add, widen traffic lanes"
- Right-of-way acquisition: In process
- Start Construction: 2018
- Project Completion: 2020
More than 60 parcels of land will be affected by this project. Currently the DOT has set aside $10,750,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our eminent domain attorneys for a free case evaluation or call 877-393-4990.