Today, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) awarded Fuquay-Varina federal grants in the amount of $5.3 million to be used for three roadway projects currently in progress in several phases. This is the largest combination of grant awards the town has received since they joined CAMPO more than 20 years ago. The projects are as follows:
NW Judd Parkway: The grant award is to be used for right-of-way acquisition on NW Judd Parkway. This project will complete Judd Parkway and help redirect traffic around Fuquay-Varina. The project has recently completed the NEPA process and currently is beginning the design phase. The target date for design completion and approval is expected to take 9-12 month and right of way acquisition will begin in 2017. NW Judd Parkway construction should begin in 2018 and be open for use by 2020.
Intersection of Judd Parkway & N. Main Street: The grant funding will support construction of this project. This project will improve flow through and around the intersection and is in the preliminary design phase with right-of-way acquisition to begin soon and continuing through 2016. The Town is working with Norfolk Southern railroad to secure crossing modifications and a final project plan is expected by the end of this year. Construction of the Judd & Main intersection is expected to begin in 2017.
Intersection of Sunset Lake Road & N. Main Street: The grant is to fund design and construction of improvements between the railroad crossing and N. Main Street. This is the first phase of more extensive improvements to ease traffic congestion on south bound Sunset Lake Road.
The federal grant requires matching funds. This allows the town to fund $9.6 million in project costs with $4.3 million in town funds.
Fuquay-Varina Mayor John W. Byrne said, “We are pleased to have additional funding partners on these important town projects and are thankful to CAMPO for continuing to be a strong partner with the Town of Fuquay-Varina. I also want to thank the citizens of Fuquay-Varina. In November, a $21 million bond referendum passed with a voter approval rate of 83%. This overwhelming support positioned the town to successfully compete for the CAMPO grant dollars. These roadway projects are part of a continuing focus by the Town of Fuquay-Varina to improve traffic issues while also making the most of taxpayer funds.”