As the Triangle area has grown over the past decade, so has its traffic. Congestion during morning and evening commutes has resulted in time delays and collisions on U.S. Route 15-501.
To combat increasing traffic problems, residents of Chapel Hill and Durham met at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Tuesday to partake in a public workshop designed to seek input on the multi-modal traffic study of the U.S. 15-501 route. This is the first step in the process to update the 6.5 mile corridor between Ephesus Church Road in Chapel Hill to University Drive in Durham.
Erik Landfried, transit service planning supervisor for GoTriangle, stressed that this workshop was more about the community’s opinion rather than the planning committee’s.
“A lot of this is based on what the public would like to see, and then we can implement it as best we can," Landfried said. "We do talk about a lot about our own vision, but we’re here today to hear what the public’s opinion is.”
The workshop was led by the Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). It included a visioning activity, where residents proposed ideas of improvements and had questions answered. Many residents proposed ideas to manage congestion by Rams Plaza and left turns onto 15-501.