Traffic at 15-501 and Morganton Road

An interchange is proposed in the final draft STIP 2020-2029, with construction set to begin in 2029, at the busy U.S. 15/501 and Morganton Road intersection.

Two significant local road improvement projects are included in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s final draft of its 2020-2029 Statewide 10-Year Transportation Plan, which was released this week.

On U.S. 15/501 in Pinehurst, north of the traffic circle between N.C. 2 and N.C. 73, a four-lane road widening project is expected to begin in 2027.

Also along this busy stretch of highway corridor, an interchange bridge is proposed for construction, beginning in 2029, at the U.S. 15/501 and Morganton Road intersection.

More than 1,700 projects across the state are included in the draft STIP.

Moore County is part of Division 8, which also includes Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties.

Other regional improvements planned are:

In Richmond County, construct the four-lane Rockingham Bypass (Future I-73/74) on a new location from west of the city of Rockingham to Harrington Road, letting in October 2019 and construction to begin in 2020;

In Lee County, extend Lee Avenue so it creates a new intersection with Commerce Drive in Sanford, construction to start in 2027;

In Randolph County, widen N.C. 49 between Waynick Meadow Road and Old N.C. 49 in Asheboro, construction to start in 2029;

In Richmond and Scotland counties, convert nearly 10 miles of U.S. 74 to interstate standards between Hamlet and Laurinburg, construction to start in 2029; and

“We are committed to delivering projects that make travel safer and more efficient,” said Division Engineer Brandon Jones. “Projects included in the draft transportation improvement plan reflect that commitment and will benefit our communities for decades to come.”

The department's 10-year transportation plan is updated every two years. Projects scheduled in the first six years of the plan are considered committed and are not re-evaluated when a new plan is developed. Projects in the final four years of each plan are prioritized again based on technical data, as well as input from local officials and residents.

The overall statewide list includes 1,319 highway projects, 86 aviation, 234 bike and pedestrian, six ferry, 23 public transit and 50 rail projects selected on statewide, regional and division levels. The projects were prioritized based on technical data as well as input from local officials and residents. Included in the draft STIP plan are more than 200 projects worth about $2.5 billion that are expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2019-2020.

The draft plan includes 385 changes in highway projects from the initial draft STIP. Some are new projects, while others have had schedule adjustments.

The Board of Transportation is expected to consider final approval of the draft plan at its September meeting.

More information about the STIP, how transportation projects are funded, and a complete list of all projects included in the draft STIP is available online at

(1) comment

Jim Davis

The NCDOT has become a "self licking ice cream cone"...15-501, a four-lane...really!

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