With land clearing under way for the long-awaited New Hill Place shopping center, the state Department of Transportation is requiring major changes to a segment of N.C. 55 to handle the additional traffic.
DOT says the intersection at Ballentine Street / Green Oaks Parkway and at New Hill Road/West Holly Springs Road must be reconfigured to keep traffic flowing safely as congestion increases along N.C. 55.
State transportation engineers say the best solution at those intersections would be to prohibit cross street traffic from passing through the intersection or turning left onto N.C. 55. Instead, cross street traffic would turn right, then use a dedicated U-turn lane to switch directions.
Learn more about the superstreet approach through these materials prepared by the state Department of Transportation:
See also the following report prepared for NCDOT by researchers at N.C. State University:
Superstreet Benefits and Capacities
North Brunswick Magazine wrote about a similar road project on U.S. 17 south of Wilmington.
New Hill Place shopping center is scheduled to open by spring 2013 with Target as the anchor and featuring Dick’s Sporting Goods, a Marshall’s, a Michael’s, Petco and other retail businesses in the first phase. A movie theater is part of phase 2.
The developer, Kite Realty, is paying for the superstreet conversion on N.C. 55.
The superstreets plan for New Hill Place has been in effect for years. The plan is drawing more attention now that shopping center construction soon will prompt the beginning of road work.Superstreets were a part of the master plan for New Hill Place that the Town Council approved in May 2008.
Before approval, the Town held a public information session and spoke with several groups about the superstreet concept. Town officials also visited Leland in Brunswick County to see the superstreets that were built to accommodate development along U.S. 17.
Town engineers currently are reviewing construction drawings for the N.C. 55 superstreets, although state officials have the final say.
This month, representatives of bicycle groups contacted the Town with concerns about the superstreet concept. Town engineers have arranged for bicyclists to meet with DOT officials Feb. 22 to discuss the superstreet concept and possible tweaks to the plan for N.C. 55.
Town Engineering Director Stephanie Sudano said that one benefit DOT expressed about superstreets was that they accommodate pedestrians.
“Before superstreets came up, we were not able to get DOT to allow us to have pedestrian crossings on the bypass,” she said. “We have required the developer to design these so someone can walk across or walk their bicycle across.”
The developer expects to begin construction on the superstreets this spring and complete the work in spring 2013.