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U.S. 15-501 Bike, Pedestrian, and Transit Improvements

Fast Facts

Project Type:
Bike, Pedestrian, and Transit Improvements
Affected Counties:
 Orange and Durham
Estimated Cost: $


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to add bike and pedestrian lanes on both sides of a 2.7-mile section of Old Durham/Chapel Hill (SR 1838/SR 2220) Road. The project will also include a roundabout at the intersection with Pope Road.

This project will be completed in two phases – A and B.

Phase A, which is the focus of this page, represents a 0.97-mile section to be constructed from U.S. 15-501 in Orange County to Pope Road (SR 1113) at the Durham County line.

Project History

Because Old Durham/Chapel Hill Road between Garrett Road in Durham and U.S. 15-501 in Chapel Hill is heavily traveled, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) initiated a bicycle and pedestrian feasibility study. This study determined that improvements were necessary for the following reasons:

  • This route is among the most direct links between the City of Durham and Town of Chapel Hill, and therefore heavily traveled
  • This segment borders existing and planned bicycle and pedestrian facilities at each end of the corridor
  • It connects Eastgate Plaza, New Hope Commons, and South Square, plus many neighborhoods, schools, the New Hope Creek Trail, and the site of a future light rail station



US 15 501



  • Right-of-way acquisition – 2016
  • Start Construction – 2016

Property Takings

More than 40 parcels of land will be affected by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $1,534,000 for right-of-way takings.

If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation, or call 1-877-393-4990.