McCrimmon Parkway Extension

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McCrimmon Parkway Extension

Updated on 03/07/2019 3:59 PM

Get ready to see lots of activity on McCrimmon Parkway in the coming weeks! Work on this important project is gearing up again. When it’s done, McCrimmon Parkway will connect from NC54 (Chapel Hill Road) all the way to Aviation Parkway at Evans Road, creating a much-needed alternative route through Morrisville and alleviating some traffic congestion in Morrisville. This is a highly visible example of the Town leveraging its bond referendum funds with state funds to make the most of our financial resources. Extensive communications to residents and businesses has begun and much more is planned over the course of this project.

As you may have heard, work on this project was significantly delayed. This is because the Town, while overseeing the contracted work on the project, determined that this work was not being completed in a timely manner or to project specifications. After collaborating with the contractor in an attempt to resolve the identified issues, the Town exercised its right to end the contract. Although it meant that the project timeline would be negatively impacted, the Town decided to prioritize quality and safety over its concern for delayed completion. Remaining work is expected to take approximately one year to complete. However, it’s important to note that the project timeline is somewhat fluid and can vary due to unforeseen circumstances and erratic NC weather. Because of this, the Town expects that by late 2019/early 2020, travelers will be able to drive on McCrimmon Parkway from west of the intersection at NC 54 all the way to the intersection at Aviation Pkwy.

A portion of McCrimmon Parkway will close for several weeks this summer to accommodate work at the railroad crossing, as required to meet railroad safety regulations. Exact closure dates are not yet determined. The Town is doing everything possible to minimize disruption when work at the railroad crossing begins, staying mindful of public school schedules, and working proactively with contractors and Norfolk Southern Railroad to attempt to schedule closure when most public school students are tracked out or on summer vacation/break. Once a start date for the closure has been determined, it will be posted to the website and the Town app, and shared on all social media channels.

Overview

Following 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.

Town of Morrisville Phase
  • 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

NCDOT Phase

  • 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

Project Schedule

Town of Morrisville Phase

  • 2014 - 2016 Engineering, Design, Permitting and Right-of-Way Acquisition
  • 2016 - Construction Begins
  • 2019 - Construction Complete

NCDOT Phase   

  • 2016 - 2018 Engineering, Design, Permitting, and Right-of-Way Acquisition
  • 2018 - Construction Begins
  • 2019 - Construction Complete

Contact Information

Kent Jackson Town Engineer (919) 463-6193 Email Kent