Walnut Street Pedestrian and Traffic Improvements at US1/64 Overpass

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General Project Facts

  1. Walnut Street (SR1313) carries approximately 35,000 vehicles per day. Buck Jones Road carries approximately 18,000 vehicles per day. US 1/64 carries approximately 130,000 vehicles per day.
  2. The project bid award was approved by Town Council on October 16, 2014 to Fred Smith Company of Raleigh, North Carolina at a cost of $3,991,151.42.
  3. The project was identified as a need and is funded through the Transportation Bonds Referendum via the Cary Investment Bonds approved by Cary registered voters on November 6, 2012. Funding allocated for the design, right-of-way and construction is estimated at $7,000,000.
  4. Improvements included approximately:
    • 136,000 square feet of new asphalt resurfacing,
    • 3,000 linear feet of new concrete curb and gutter
    • 14,800 square feet of roadway widening
    • 540 linear feet of new storm drainage lines
    • 6,075 square feet of bridge deck widening
    • 2,800 linear feet of new concrete sidewalks
    • 15,000 linear feet of long life pavement markings
    • 3 each of new metal mast arm traffic signal poles and traffic signal equipment
    • 2,700 each of plantings for landscaping
    • 12 new pedestrian signals
    • Addition of a 4th turn lane to accommodate dual-left and dual-right turn lanes for US 1 northbound & US 64 eastbound off-ramp Exit 101 to Walnut Street and Buck Jones Road.
  5. Walnut Street US 1/64 Highway are maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Buck Jones Road is maintained by the Town of Cary.
  6. The completion of the third northbound Walnut Street travel lane helped alleviate congestion and improved roadway alignment.
  7. All businesses and residences within or adjacent to the project construction area had access during all phases of the work.
  8. At least one lane of travel in each direction of US 1/64, Buck Jones Road and Walnut Street was closed at intermittent times to facilitate the roadway and bridge widening work.
  9. Construction work began winter 2015 and was considered substantially complete Friday, November 18, 2016.

The estimated total project cost was $7 million, which included design, right-of-way and roadway construction. This full amount was supported by the 2012 Cary Community Investment Bond funds. The final contract cost including design, right-of-way, engineering, permitting, inspections and construction was estimated at $5,450,000.

Schedule

  • Data collection/Surveying (summer 2013)
  • Begin design (summer 2013)
  • Begin utility relocation for bridge widening (winter 2013/2014)
  • Complete Designs (summer 2014)
  • Obtain permits to advertise project for bidding (summer 2014)
  • Bid advertisement for construction (summer 2014)
  • Bid award by Town Council (October 16, 2014) 
  • Begin construction (winter 2015)
  • Begin pedestrian detour for Walnut St. bridge access (late April 2015)
  • Complete bridge widening and sidewalk across US1/64 (summer 2016)
  • Begin sidewalk extension on southbound Walnut St. from Lawrence Rd to east of US 1/64 ramp (July 25, 2016)
  • Complete sidewalk extension on eastbound Walnut St. from Lawrence Rd to east of US 1/64 ramp (fall 2016)
  • Complete landscaping (fall 2016)
  • Project complete (spring 2017)
  • NCDOT has tentatively accepted the project improvements by encroachment agreement for one-year warranty observation beginning fall 2017.
  • Complete warranty period fall 2018.
  • Project was substantially completed fall 2016.

Contact

Robert E. Shultes
Project Engineer
Transportation & Facilities Department
(919) 380-4104
bob.shultes@townofcary.org

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