Public meeting scheduled for proposed improvements along U.S. 64 in Chatham County

Apex, NC – The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an informal public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, about proposed improvements to U.S. 64 at Big Woods Road/Seaforth Road in Chatham County.

Synchronized StreetThe project will focus on increasing safety and mobility at the intersection. This proposed project would convert the intersection located next to Jordan Lake to a synchronized street. Synchronized streets reduce the number of conflict points, which reduces the risk of severe right-angle (T-bone) crashes, especially for side-street drivers who are turning left or crossing all lanes of traffic.The synchronized street design improves travel flow and safety by redirecting side-street travel. At a traditional intersection, a side-street driver must look both ways to cross a divided highway, and there are more threats to left-turning drivers. A driver wanting to cross a synchronized street from a side street only has to focus on one direction of traffic at a time, as only right turns are allowed. Drivers can then make a U-Turn at a designated spot on the road, and proceed in the opposite direction on the main road or access the right turn to continue on the side street.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jordan Lake State Park Classroom at 280 State Park Road in Apex. NCDOT representatives will be available during the open-house style setting to provide information, answer questions and collect comments regarding the proposed project. Citizens are welcome to attend at any time during the meeting hours, as there will not be a formal presentation. Public comments will also be accepted through November 19.

For additional information, contact Kelly Becker, NCDOT Transportation Mobility & Safety Division, at 1561 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1561, or (919) 773-2890 or .

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Anamika Laad at 919-707-072 or , as early as possible, so that these arrangements can be made.