What's Happening With the Peace Street / Wade Avenue / Capital Boulevard Bridge Projects?
While public meetings, DOT maps and "design alternatives" might sound dull to some, if you're in the path of a proposed road project, you might be holding your breath to find out if you will lose your home or business.
Earlier this month property and business owners (such as Finch's Family Restaurant), commuters and other interested citizens had the opportunity to take a look at the current options for two such projects - replacing the Peace Street and Wade Avenue Bridges along Capital Boulevard in Raleigh.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation held a public meeting on November 19, 2013 at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center for these two bridge projects, referenced by the DOT as projects "B-5121" (Peace Street) and "B-5317" (Wade Avenue). This was the third public meeting for these projects (previous meetings were held September 2011 and October 2012).
However, this meeting was especially significant since the NCDOT has modified the interchange alternatives for these two important projects since the last public meeting.
After reviewing the maps at the public meeting, it appears that the DOT has narrowed down to two design alternatives for each of these bridge projects. These design alternatives are described as follows and maps can be found below:
PEACE STREET BRIDGE:
- Alternative P-Base: This alternative is a half cloverleaf design with a total projected cost of $26.4 million. It will require five properties/businesses to be relocated and it appears that this design alternative is currently favored by the NCDOT.
- Alternative P5: This alternative calls for a square loop/ramps design with a total cost of $37.4 million. This design will require twelve properties/businesses to be relocated. It appears that the City of Raleigh currently favors this design alternative.
WADE AVENUE BRIDGE:
- Alternative W-Base: This alternative indicates a trumpet design with a total cost of $14 million. It will require two properties/businesses to be relocated. It appears the NCDOT currently favors this design alternative.
- Alternative W2c: This alternative calls for a diamond/trumpet design with a projected cost of $16.7 million. It will require six properties/businesses to be relocated. It appears that the City of Raleigh currently favors this design alternative.
IF YOU'RE AFFECTED BY THE CAPITAL BLVD BRIDGE PROJECTS:
The good news for property owners, and other citizens who are not happy with the current design alternatives put forth for these two projects, is that it is still possible for the design of these projects to be modified.
The DOT is conducting an ongoing environmental assessment for these projects and there is another public hearing scheduled for these projects for the spring of 2014. The final environmental document that the DOT is required to be finalized before beginning construction is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014.
Currently, right of way acquisition (when the government actually buys the necessary properties) is scheduled to begin in 2015 with construction beginning in 2016.
There is still time and opportunity for property owners, and other interested citizens, to make their voices heard on these two significant projects.
If your home or business is in the path of one of these bridge projects, we'll be happy to examine the plans in depth and let you know how they may affect you. Just give us a call at 1-877-393-4990 for a free case evaluation.