Main Street Extension
Construction Begun: May 2016
Roadway Opened: August 2017
Project Completion: October 2017
Ralph Stephens and Piney Grove Wilbon roads south of N.C. 55
The project extends South Main Street to the west side of N.C. 55 Bypass by realigning and extending a portion of Ralph Stephens Road to connect with a realigned Piney Grove Wilbon Road. It provides a new intersection with Ralph Stephens Road. See map. The primary purposes are to:
- Improve traffic flow by providing a new link in what has been a disconnected transportation network in southwestern Holly Springs
- Decrease the amount of traffic turning left from eastbound Avent Ferry Road onto northbound N.C.55 Bypass.
Funding The town secured federal grants for permitting, design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction through the N.C. Department of Transportation due to the regional benefits of the project. N.C.D.O.T grants provided approximately 80 percent of projected costs with the town responsible for the remainder.
The community desires improved routes for commuters and local traffic traveling between destinations on the south/southwest and the north (via Avent Ferry Road and NC 55 Bypass), and downtown Holly Springs (via Main Street). The road network in southern Holly Springs was disconnected, and drivers had to make at least two turns to travel between destinations on the south and southwest (via Avent Ferry Road, Cass Holt Road, or Piney Grove-Wilbon Road) and downtown Holly Springs on the north (via NC 55.)
Main Street Extension will realign and extend Ralph Stephens Road and Piney Grove Wilbon Road to form a new intersection, with part of the project on new location, to improve local connectivity (by adding a north-south connection) and increase traffic capacity. This will distribute traffic through the network, reducing the eastbound left turning traffic volumes by 25 percent through the critical intersection of NC 55 Bypass/Avent Ferry Road. Traffic on Avent Ferry Road between Piney Grove Wilbon Road and the Bypass will be reduced in volume, helping this critical intersection.
The project will also complete a critical connection that is on the Town’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The new roadway frontage will also provide better access to undeveloped critical properties in the southern gateway area.
The Town secured several federal grants for this project through the Capital Area Metropolitan Organization and NCDOT.
Town of Holly Springs Engineering Department