Phase II Update - Press Release from NCDOT
Contract Awarded for New Section of McCrimmon Parkway in Morrisville
A new road linking Aviation Parkway and Airport Boulevard in Wake County is on its way. The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded an $11.6-million contract to Barnhill Contracting Company of Rocky Mount to build a 1.6-mile stretch of McCrimmon Parkway between the two roads in Morrisville.
The new section will be a four-lane median-divided road with eight-foot sidewalks. On its east end, it starts at the intersection where Evans Road currently ends at Aviation Parkway. That intersection will get upgrades as part of the project. There will be two through lanes on Aviation Parkway, with an additional southbound left-turn lane and right-turn lane, as well as a northbound left-turn lane for traffic turning onto the new section of McCrimmon Parkway. Both Evans Road and McCrimmon Parkway will also have right and left-turn lanes to access Aviation Parkway.
The west end of the new section of road will link up to an already existing section of McCrimmon Parkway that goes between Airport Boulevard and west of Perimeter Park Drive.
Work on the new section of McCrimmon Parkway can start as early as April 30. By mid-November 2019, all work should wrap up except vegetation improvements, which can continue into May 2020.
Once completed, this new section will connect with a part of McCrimmon Parkway that the Town of Morrisville is currently building, filling the gap between where it currently ends near Perimeter Park Drive and N.C. 54. It is also a four-lane median-divided road with eight-foot sidewalks, and is expected to be open this fall.
Once the town project and the NCDOT project are both complete, McCrimmon Parkway is expected to provide some congestion relief for the heavily-traveled section of N.C. 54 between Airport Boulevard and Aviation Parkway.
And more improvements on the McCrimmon Parkway corridor are in the works. NCDOT projects expected to start in 2021 will change the current intersection where it meets N.C. 54 and crosses over adjacent railroad tracks to an intersection that has traffic going over N.C. 54 and the railroad tracks, and the road will be widened to four lanes between there and Davis Drive.
Traffic AlertAs part of the McCrimmon Parkway Extension project currently underway, McCrimmon Parkway will be closed near NC 54/Chapel Hill Road for railroad work. The closure will last 2-3 weeks. While this closure will cause delays, it is required to ensure the safety of those working on site and traveling in the area. The detour route for this work is listed on the reverse side. Signs will be in place alerting drivers of the closure as well as directions for detour routes. While we do not have a specific date for the start of the closure at this time, message board signs will be posted 10 days prior to the start of the closure. Once we are notified of a date we will post here.
The NCDOT designated detour route from Davis Drive is left on Morrisville Carpenter Road, then left on NC 54. The detour from NC 54 is right on Morrisville Carpenter Road, then right on Davis Drive. Signs will be in place alerting drivers of the closure as well as directions for detour routes. To maintain safety and assist with the flow of traffic, Church Street and Page Street will be closed at Morrisville Carpenter Road. Church Street traffic will be routed to Jeremiah Street then to Town Hall Drive.
Officers will be on scene to help with traffic flow at McCrimmon Parkway and Davis Drive, and at Town Hall Drive and Morrisville Carpenter Road during peak traffic hours from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Police will also be monitoring Jeremiah Street which will have temporary speed tables to maintain safety.In addition, lane closures will occur as needed beginning Friday, May 12 through November on NC 54 near McCrimmon Parkway. Flaggers will be on site directing traffic and closures will occur within the timeframe of Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhy is Morrisville McCrimmon Parkway closed, and for how long?
McCrimmon Parkway is closed near NC54/Chapel Hill Road over the railroad tracks so that contactors can widen lanes as part of the McCrimmon Parkway extension project which began in November 2016.
Why is the detour route so long?
The detour route was specifically chosen because it is the shortest available option, and uses state-maintained roads with traffic signals at major intersections, which are expected to better handle the increased traffic than other roads in the area.
Are the businesses in the area affected?
All businesses in the area are still open and accessible during the closure.
What is Morrisville doing to address the increased traffic and congestion during the closure?
The Town is working with NCDOT to monitor the traffic on area roads during the closure, and make adjustments when possible. There will also be increased police presence in areas of increased congestion to assist with traffic flow and maintain safety in neighborhoods.
Can the Town post signs to restrict traffic in area neighborhoods, or increase Police presence in some areas during the closure to assist with traffic control?
The Town does not have a dedicated traffic unit. Police presence, in neighborhoods around the detour will be increased as possible, while still responding to regular calls for service.
OverviewFollowing voter approval of the Transportation Bond Referendum in November 2012, the Town of Morrisville has begun work on the McCrimmon Parkway Extension. The Town has partnered with NCDOT on the project in order to leverage state transportation funding with the Town's bond funding, resulting in a two-phase project. Phase One construction will be administered by the Town, with Phase Two construction being administered by NCDOT.
Phase I (Town)
- Extend McCrimmon Parkway east from NC 54 to the existing section of McCrimmon Parkway at Perimeter Park Drive as a four lane roadway with sidewalks/multi-use paths on each side and bicycle accommodations
- Widen McCrimmon Parkway across the railroad tracks near NC 54 to add a left-turn lane and right-turn lane onto NC 54, re-striping the existing eastbound lane to a through lane
- Associated intersection improvements on NC 54 and Perimeter Park Drive
Phase II (NCDOT)
- Construct a new four-lane, median-divided roadway with 8' multi-use paths and 5' bicycle lanes from Airport Boulevard to Aviation Parkway at Evans Road
- Install a Traffic Signal at the Airport Boulevard/McCrimmon Parkway intersection
- Associated intersection improvements on Airport Boulevard, Aviation Parkway and Evans Road
Phase II construction requires a detailed environmental review by NCDOT
- 2014 - 2016 Engineering, Design, Permitting and Right-of-Way Acquisition
- August 2016 - Project out to Bid
- November 2016-Spring 2018 - Construction
- 2016 - 2018 Engineering, Design, Permitting, and Right-of-Way Acquisition
- 2018 - Construction Begins
- 2019 - Construction Complete
Phase I - Under Construction!
A Public Groundbreaking Event for Phase I was held on Friday, November 4th. Construction is ongoing.
Phase II Public Information Workshop
A Public Information Workshop was held in late 2016 in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall. Citizens were encouraged to attend and talk with project staff and give input on the project. The input will be used in the final environmental document that is being prepared for Phase II.
Contact InformationKent Jackson