US 601 Upgrade from US 52 to Forrest Drive
NCDOT TIP # R-5714
Project Type: Roadway upgrade
Affected Counties: Surry
Estimated Cost: $ 6,700,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to construct a superstreet along the one-mile stretch of US 601 (Rockford Street) from US 52 (South Andy Griffith Parkway) to west of SR 1365 (Forrest Drive), near Walmart.
According to the NCDOT, the crash rate along this corridor of US 601 was nearly twice the statewide average of similar roads. In addition, the NCDOT has projected a 68% increase in traffic by 2040 due to the influx of new businesses here. Causing further issues, traffic at these intersections is unrestricted and doesn’t follow any particular pattern, potentially increasing the likelihood of accidents.
The NCDOT’s solution is to create a raised concrete median in the center of the road. The superstreet will force traffic to follow a more organized pattern. For example, left-turning traffic will be forced to turn right and use a U-turn lane to travel in the opposite direction. New sidewalks and traffic lights will also be installed.
This upgrade is part of the overall widening of the 10-mile stretch of US 601 between Mt. Airy and Dobson. The NCDOT plans to widen this longer stretch from two lanes to four, with construction slated to start in 2020 and finish in 2021.
- ‘Superstreet’ Work Delayed One Fiscal Year
- Solutions Surface for 601 Snarl
- U.S. 601 Stretch to Become “Superstreet”
- U.S. 601 to be 4-laned from City to Dobson
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- Right-of-way acquisition – Early 2019
- Start Construction – 2020
- End Construction – 2021
It is estimated that more than 40 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $1,900,000 for property acquisitions. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.