Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes widening a 2.8-mile stretch of Fire Tower Road and Portertown Road in Greenville. This project includes improvements to the Charles Boulevard/ Fire Tower Road intersection and Arlington Boulevard/Fire Tower Road intersection, and the street network surrounding these intersections. Proposed work is expected to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, reduce crashes and create greater connectivity.
For funding purposes, the overall project is made up of two projects:
- Project U-5785, which involves widening a 0.6-mile stretch of Fire Tower Road between Charles Boulevard (N.C. 143) and 14th Street.
- Project U-5870, which involves widening Fire Tower Road to Portertown Road and widening Portertown Road to 10th Street (N.C. 33), a distance of 2.2 miles.
- Start Date: 2019
- Property Acquisition Start: Summer 2018
- Estimated Cost: $30 million
- Project Numbers: U-5870, U-5785
- Affected Counties: Pitt
Proposed work would involve widening Fire Tower Road between Charles Boulevard and Portertown Road and widening Portertown Road – between Fire Tower Road and 10th Street – from two to four lanes and installing a raised median.
Other work includes:
- Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
- Widening the existing roundabout at Fire Tower and Portertown roads from one circulating lane to two circulating lanes
- Building a roundabout with two circulating lanes at the intersection of Portertown and Eastern Pines roads
- Upgrading the Carolina Coastal Railroad crossing on Portertown Road with new gates and signals
- Reconfiguring the existing bridge over Hardee Creek for eastbound traffic and adding a second bridge for westbound traffic
Summer 2018Right of way acquisition begins
Spring 2018Environmental document released
July 31, 2017Public meeting
Sept. 22, 2016Public meeting