Corridor Studies

Sometimes the MPO will focus attention on a single corridor in the transportation network in order to resolve issues dealing with all or a portion of that corridor. This level of analysis is typically performed on a major NC, U.S., or Interstate route of regional significance.

Active corridor studies in the Capital Area MPO planning area include:

NC 98 Corridor Study - The NC 98 Corridor Study is a joint venture between the Capital Area MPO and the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO.  The study will look at NC 98 from US 70 in Durham to US 401 in Franklin County. The goal of the study is to clarify the long-term vision for the corridor, while also identifying opportunities to address existing needs over a shorter time horizon. It commenced in the fall of 2016 and will wrap up in June of 2018.

Completed Corridor Studies

NC 56 Corridor Study 

NC 50 Corridor Study - The NC 50 Corridor Study was conducted as a joint effort among the Capital Area MPO, Wake and Granville Counties, City of Creedmoor, Town of Butner, Kerr-Tarr RPO, Triangle J Council of Governments, GoRaleigh, GoTriangle, Kerr Area Rural Transit System, and NCDOT.  In addition to the study, the Workbook is also available for the 14.5-mile segment of NC 50 between I-540 in Raleigh and NC 56 in Creedmoor that focused on:

  • Improving mobility and safety along the corridor;
  • Preserving the residential and rural nature of the corridor while supporting regional economic development; and
  • Supporting activities to protect recreation, water quality and the environment in the Falls Lake Watershed.

 U.S. 64 Corridor Study - The U.S. 64 Corridor Study was conducted as a joint effort among NCDOT, Capital Area MPO, Town of Apex, Town of Cary, Town of Pittsboro, Wake County, and Chatham County for the segment of U.S. 64/U.S. 64 Business split on the east side of Pittsboro to the U.S. 1/U.S. 64 interchange in Cary. The goal of the study was to develop a master plan to preserve and enhance mobility and safety along U.S. 64, while balancing community access and interests. More information on the U.S. 64 Corridor Study is available in the U.S. 64 Corridor Study Report.

U.S. 1 Corridor Study - The U.S. 1 Corridor Study was conducted as a joint effort among NCDOT, Capital Area MPO, Kerr-Tarr RPO, City of Raleigh, Towns of Wake Forest and Youngsville, Franklin and Wake Counties, and Triangle Transit (now GoTriangle) for the segment of U.S. 1 from I-540 in Raleigh to the northern intersection of U.S. 1/U.S. 1A (North Main Street) in Franklin County. The purpose of the study was to consider improvements to the facility to meet growing travel demand and to improve safety. More information on the U.S. 1 Corridor Study is available at the US 1 Council of Planning website, and additional background is also on the NCDOT US 1 project website.  Click for the Phase I Report (2006) and Phase II Report (2012), which is quite large and available in its component parts (below).  There are also 2 Hot Spot studies along this part of the corridor, the 2014 update of Phases I and II and the Intersection & Interchange Feasibility Study at US 1A & Falls of Neuse.

US 1 Phase II Executive Summary

US 1 Phase II Report Cover
US 1 Phase II Table of Contents
US 1 Phase II Chapter 1
US 1 Phase II Chapter 2
US 1 Phase II Chapter 3
US 1 Phase II Chapter 4
US 1 Phase II Chapter 5
US 1 Phase II Chapter 6
US 1 Phase II Chapter 7

US 1 Phase II Appendices A & B Cover
US 1 Phase II Appendix A
US1 Phase II Appendix B
US 1 Phase II Appendices C Through F Cover
US 1 Phase II Appendix C
US 1 Phase II Appendix D
US 1 Phase II Appendix E
US 1 Phase II Appendix F

 Western Boulevard Crossing Study - The Western Boulevard Multi-Modal Crossing Feasibility Study was conducted as a joint effort among the City of Raleigh, North Carolina State University, Wake County, NCDOT, Capital Area MPO, and other regional partner agencies.  The study focused on safety and mobility recommendations from Varsity Drive to Pullen Road with an emphasis on a definitive solution for a grade crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.
Western Boulevard Crossing Study - Final Report
Western Boulevard Crossing Study Final Report - Appendix