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How is this project funded?
The Apex Peakway Southwest Connector is partially funded by each of the following:
When is start of construction?
The CSXT Construction Agreement approved by Town Council in August 2023 is the last remaining item required to be signed by CSXT before the Town can request Construction Authorization from NCDOT/FHWA. There are several steps, including contract approval and utility relocation, that are happening concurrently for construction to start in early 2024.
What is the current anticipated finish timeframe?
From start of construction to final NCDOT approval, the project is expected to take up to three years to construct, anticipated to finish in early 2027.
What is planned to reduce impact on homeowners along the edges of the construction zone (i.e. to minimize noise, protect property and privacy, etc.)?
The roadway plans establish limits of construction where tree protection fencing and silt fencing is required. There will also be limits on the time of day construction is permitted to take place with no plans for nighttime work. Construction activity is not permitted on private property without easements being acquired ahead of time.
When do you expect construction impacts (i.e. road closures/detours/etc.) to begin for the Peakway and S. Salem Street? Will both Peakway and S. Salem close at the same time?
We anticipate closure of the Peakway from Towhee Drive to Salem Street to begin when construction starts, and last for the entire period of construction. The detour route includes Olive Chapel Road, Williams Street (NC 55), and Salem Street. Salem Street will remain open, except as needed using flagging operations to halt traffic when bridge construction is underway, primarily to lift steel girders into place.
What entrance(s) of Whitehall Manor will remain open during construction, to allow timely access of emergency services (fire, EMS), as well as access for deliveries, trucks, service vehicles, etc.
Updated, December 2023 - Grappenhall Drive at Salem Street, Grappenhall Drive at Peakway, and Whiston Drive to Green at Scotts Mill (providing local access to Town Side Drive) will remain open, so three out of the four existing routes will remain available.
Will Towhee Drive remain open at the Peakway, or is it being closed?
Towhee Drive will be closed during construction, but reopen as a right-in / right-out access on both sides of the Peakway, still serving Whitehall Manor to the west and Shangri-La to the east.
What plans are in place to prevent excessive cut-through traffic in Whitehall Manor during the construction?
Town staff are working on a traffic calming plan for Grappenhall Drive and Applethorn Drive. This plan will be reviewed with the Whitehall Manor HOA Board prior to the Peakway being closed at S. Salem Street. If approved, it could be implemented prior to closure of the Peakway or shortly after, subject to approval by Town Council. More information will be available once the plan is shared with the HOA.
When will the intersection of Tingen Road and Salem Street be closed? What are plans to relieve congestion and reroute traffic off of Tingen?
Tingen Road will be permanently closed at the railroad crossing once the Peakway SW Connector is complete and open to traffic. In the interim, a temporary traffic signal was installed at the Tingen Road / Justice Heights Street intersection with S. Salem Street.
James Street between Tingen Road and Apex Peakway was planned and constructed as a major collector street to accommodate future additional traffic.
What measures are being taken both from a capacity planning and infrastructure perspective to ensure that we do not need to do costly upgrades in the future?
Design year 2040 traffic projections were used to evaluate traffic capacity of the bridge, loop, and Salem Street. The bridge will be constructed as a 4-lane structure with wide sidewalks on both sides based on long term plans for a 4-lane Peakway ultimate section to continue further north and south of the bridge. The loop connector to Salem Street will be constructed as a 4-lane road and dual left turn lanes will be constructed on Salem Street approaching the loop. Additional Peakway or Salem Street widening beyond the scope of this project is not needed or funded within the design year horizon at this time.
Will a traffic signal be installed at the intersection of Apex Peakway and James Street?
Traffic signals are being installed on the Apex Peakway at James Street and at both ends of the Salem Street loop connector (Peakway and Salem Street) as part of the project, and are planned to be operational when construction is complete and the road is open to traffic. Signalized pedestrian crosswalks will be installed at those locations to cross the Peakway, the loop connector, and James Street.
After the connector is completed, what will be the posted speed limit for the section through the Salem Village neighborhood?
The existing 35 mph posting north and south of Salem Street is proposed to remain the same in the project plans.
At Apex Peakway and Padstone Drive, there is an existing pedestrian crosswalk. Are there safety plans for this crosswalk?
The Padstone Drive crossing is currently a high-visibility crosswalk with double-sided warning signs to provide advance warning for oncoming traffic. At this time there are no plans to add a pushbutton warning system (nor is that typical for a 2-lane 35 mph zone crossing such as this one). As for all crosswalks including those with or without signs or with push-button rapid-flash, pedestrians should continue to use caution when crossing by observing any oncoming traffic to ensure there’s an adequate gap or drivers are slowing/stopping before attempting to cross.
Is the connector being planned with smart features such as accident or remote awareness cameras?
No cameras or special crash detection technology are proposed with the project. Cameras can be added at a later date by Apex and/or NCDOT.
Will extra fiber duct be laid during the Peakway construction to ensure our future utility needs without digging up the Peakway?
An underground duct bank will be constructed along Salem Street under the bridge to accommodate both public electric service and private communication cables. Outside of that area, overhead lines are still proposed to be used in the manner they are today, and there are no additional new underground utility ducts being constructed by Apex as part of the project.
How is electric car Infrastructure being planned for in the design?
No electric vehicle charging infrastructure is being planned as part of the project.