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Posted on: July 30, 2019

UPDATE: Estes/North Greensboro Roundabout Construction Starts in August

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Some of you have been asking – why is the intersection still operating normally? Please note that traffic control has not yet been needed as initial work at the Estes/N. Greensboro intersection is focusing on the completion of utility work, pre-construction meetings, and the installation of erosion control devices, which is expected to continue through the week of August 12th. The contractor will likely begin mobilization next week and does plan on working 10 hour days Monday through Friday, as well as some Saturday .


Please be alert! Construction of the new roundabout at Estes Drive/North Greensboro Street in Carrboro is set to begin the week of August 5th. Work will take place from 9:00 AM until Sunset and travelers should expect delays and lane closures at this intersection. The purpose of this project is to improve safety, access and mobility in this location. Thanks to everyone for their patience as we look forward to the completion of this improvement.


Message boards alerting travelers about the project have been installed. Throughout the duration of the project, pedestrian travel through the work zone will be accommodated via designated routes and crossings on the east and west sides of the intersection. Transit routes will not be affected. Travelers may wish to consider Homestead Road to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd (NC 86) to Franklin Street OR Homestead Road to Old Fayetteville Road to Hillsborough Road as alternate routes to avoid the work zone, in particular during the PM peak - roughly 4pm to 6pm – see illustrative map

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Travelers are reminded to stay alert when approaching the work zone, watch for construction signs and changed conditions, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach your destination. Additional information on roundabout intersections is available at https://connect.ncdot.gov/resources/safety/Teppl/TEPPL%20All%20Documents%20Library/R38_br.pdf

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter Contact information: NCDOT John Howell (336)570-6833 Town of Carrboro Patricia McGuire (919) 918-7327.

The Town of Carrboro is aware of the disruption this project may cause, and will continue to communicate construction updates to ensure everyone will be properly informed. Construction is projected to conclude in September 2021. Please look for important updates from the Town on our website and social media pages. For updates go to http://townofcarrboro.org/2249/Estes-Dr-North-Greensboro-Roundabout or the town of Carrboro social media pages. 


The project is complicated and in association with the roundabout itself involves replacement of underground utilities, including the extension of a large stormwater culvert under the intersection, as well as maintenance of pedestrian traffic throughout construction and ultimately the addition of new pedestrian-activated crossings at both Williams Street and Oak Avenue. Extended work hours (9 am to Sunset) and weekend work (currently expected to include some work on Saturdays), have been included to enable the project to be completed in the shortest time possible. Full road closures are not anticipated unless some unforeseen event occurs.

The decision to complete the work under traffic conditions is due to the unreasonable detour options and the potential overflow at other intersections throughout town. For safety and logistical reasons, the Department does not utilize local streets for detouring traffic. East-west travel alternatives are very limited and full closure would have resulted in lengthy detours for every trip. With the intersection open, there will be delays, but travelers will still be able to use the intersection to access businesses, homes, et cetera, in the vicinity and the F Route is unchanged.

We expect to be in regular communication with NCDOT staff about the project’s progress.