Update: May 27, 2019 - The Town is making significant progress on many transportation projects. The Town currently has $45 million in road projects in design. Right-of-Way acquisition or construction.
Planning, project design and right-of-way acquisition must all occur prior to construction with various state and federal approvals during the process. Depending on the size of the project and associated complexities, the pre-construction phase for the proposed bond projects normally takes 12 - 24 months. Below is an update on several transportation projects:
NW Judd ParkwayThe project will complete construction of the NW Judd Parkway.
S. T. Wooten Corporation has been awarded a contract for $12,468,619 and construction began February 28, 2019 with completion expected in 2020.
The total project budget, including design, ROW and construction costs is $24,800,000. The project is paid for through a combination of financing including $8.65 million in LAPP Grant Funding with the remainder paid from bonds approved by tax payers in the 2015 Transportation Bond. NW Judd Parkway Project
Intersection of Old Honeycutt Road and Purfoy Road
The project will add a dedicated left lane for west bound traffic, a dedicated right lane for east bound traffic and a dedicated thru lane for north bound traffic.
In May 2018, the Town of Fuquay-Varina received a Locally Administered Project Program (LAPP) grant from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) for improvements at the intersection of Old Honeycutt Road and Purfoy Road. The total project is expected to cost $1,218,500 of which the LAPP grant will fund 75% of the cost or $913,875. The Town of Fuquay-Varina will provide $304,625 or 25% of the total project cost to be paid from bond proceeds.
The Town Board award a contract to Kimley-Horn in Oct. 2018, for design and permitting of this project with construction anticipated to begin by early fall of 2019 and completion expected during the first half of 2020.
Intersection of Judd and S. Main Intersection
The project will add dedicated left and right turn lanes.
In early 2019, the Town received a Locally Administered Project Program (LAPP) grant from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) for improvements at the intersection of Judd Parkway and S. Main Street (near the Fuquay-Varina Community Center). The total project is expected to be $618,000 of which the LAPP grant will fund 80% of the cost or $494,600. The Town of Fuquay-Varina will provide $123,400 toward the total project. The project is in the design phase. Expect construction to begin by fall 2020.
Intersection of Hwy 55 and NE Judd Parkway
The project will add dedicated right turn lanes.
In early 2019, the Town received a Locally Administered Project Program (LAPP) grant from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) for improvements at the intersection of Hwy. 55 and NE Judd Parkway. The total project is expected to be $1,895,100 of which the LAPP grant will fund 80% of the cost or $1,516,100. The Town of Fuquay-Varina will provide $379,000 toward the total project. The project is in the design phase. Expect construction to begin by fall 2020.
NE Judd Intersection Project (Judd/Main/Broad)The project adds lanes on NE Judd Parkway from Old Honeycutt Road past the Walmart shopping center. See Detail of New Lanes
Construction on the NE Judd Intersection Project began in Jan. 2018 immediately following citizen approval of the 2015 Transportation Bond. The project is 95% complete with all lanes open. New traffic signals and thermoplastic markings will be installed when there is warmer, dryer weather. The total project budget is over $7 million and is funded through a combination of bonds and grants.
Intersection of Main Street/ Sunset Lake Road / Purfoy RoadThis project is funded through a combination of grant and bonds and has been phased. In April 2016, the Town seized an opportunity to add partial lane improvements through an NCDOT repaving project taking place on Hwy. 401. These partial improvements were 18 month ahead of schedule and saved taxpayers $500,000.
Phase 1 construction was completed in April 2018. The second phase will extend improvements north of the railroad and are currently in the design phase to be followed by right-of-way acquisition, construction bidding and construction. Town staff is currently working with the railroad on Right-of-way acquisition and grant funding.
Jones Street sidewalks
The project will provide safer pedestrian crossing along both sides of Jones Street with improvements connecting the Downtown Fuquay-Varina corridor to Fuquay-Varina Middle School.
In early 2019, the Town received a Locally Administered Project Program (LAPP) grant from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) for sidewalk improvements on Jones Street. The total project is expected to be $906,000 of which the LAPP grant will fund 80% of the cost or $725,000. The Town of Fuquay-Varina will provide $181,000 toward the total project. The project is in the design phase. Expect construction to begin by fall 2020.
Park-Depot Greenway Trail
The project will extend the greenway to span approximately 2 miles.
In the summer of 2019, the Town of Fuquay-Varina will begin the bid process for the expansion of Park-Depot Greenway Trail. This exciting new addition to our greenway system will connect the existing Old Honeycutt Park to the South Lakes subdivision which includes connectivity to Willow Springs High School opening this fall and South Lakes Elementary School slated for construction in 2020. South Lakes Elementary School will also include a public park through a joint use agreement between the Town and Wake County Public Schools.
Construction of the 1,870 linear feet of paved or boardwalk greenway trail will begin in late fall. When construction is complete in approximately one year, the Park-Depot Greenway Trail will span approximately 2 miles. For convenient access, a parking lot will be built near Hwy. 55.
The $1.2 million construction of the Park-Depot Greenway Trail extension is entirely paid for through a combination of grants including a Wake County Facilities grant in the amount of $256,000 and a CAMPO grant of $1 million.
Sunset Lake Road / Bass Lake Road /Hilltop Needmore Road
This NCDOT project added two dedicated left turn lanes; one from the Bass Lake Road approach and one from the HIlltop Needmore Road approach.
The estimated cost of the project is $655,000. The Town Board agreed to participate in a funding agreement to pay $150,000 to help get the project completed.
In mid-2018, Products Road opened to the public. Products Road is a publicly dedicated road constructed by private development.
In November 2015, voters overwhelming approved $21 million in transportation bonds to pay for new roads with the goal of improving traffic congestion in critical areas. Voter approval allows the Town to sell bonds in order to establish funding.
Over the past five years, the town has received $15,199,000 in grant funding from CAMPO. Leveraging local dollars with outside funding helps our money go further. It has also kept our tax rate lower (actual tax $0.4325 vs. proposed tax $0.4525) than advertised and approved in the 2015 bond referendum. In essence, the town is delivering more with less.
How will Construction Affect My Commute?
The town gives weekly updates on how construction is anticipated to affect traffic in the construction zone areas at www.fuquay-varina.org/trafficupdates and on the Town's Facebook page.