South Churton Street Multimodal Corridor
The purpose of the South Churton Street Mutlimodal Corridor Study is to develop design concepts that contribute to the town's character while respecting the goals of a state-funded project to widen the road from Interstate 40 to the Eno River. See the Background section for information about the state's project plans.
Check the Community Engagement section for information about upcoming meetings, and take the survey linked from that section.
South Churton Street users are encouraged to complete a community survey in English or in Spanish.
Business owners are encouraged to complete a separate business survey and may contact Public Space and Sustainability Manager Stephanie Trueblood at 919-296-9600 or by email to learn more about the business survey.
Upcoming public meetings
Join town staff and consultants for an opportunity to learn more about the study, ask questions and provide input.
- 6:30 p.m. June 15 — Planning Board Meeting, Town Hall Annex, 105 E. Corbin St.
- 7 p.m. June 20 — Parks and Recreation Board Meeting, Town Hall Annex, 105 E. Corbin St.
The consultant also will meet with focus groups and offer a fall engagement meeting to hear from community members in a larger, open group setting.
Churton Street serves as the primary entrance into town from interstates 40 and 85 and is one of the more heavily traveled roads in Hillsborough. It carries between 20,000 and 25,000 annual average daily trips, many of which are generated by commuters from beyond the town limits.
The State Transportation Improvement Program includes a project to widen South Churton Street from Interstate 40 to the Eno River to relieve traffic congestion and provide north-south pedestrian and bicycle connectivity. In 2019, the North Carolina Department of Transportation developed concepts for the widening project. No preferred alternative or cross section was designated by the town at that time.
Town staff and leaders recognize the importance of a well-designed South Churton Street as one that serves the needs of the local community and also the wider network. A quality design that enhances safety, improves flow and presents a beautiful entryway to town will benefit the entire community.
The Town of Hillsborough has initiated this study to develop alternatives that consider the needs of the town and all users of the corridor. The town has contracted with Stantec Consulting Services and Alta Planning and Design to lead the study. Both firms have extensive experience in urban design, transportation engineering, and multimodal corridor planning.
The study costs $200,000. The town is contributing $50,000 in Fiscal Year 2023 to match $150,000 in funding from the Metropolitan Planning Organization. Funding for construction will be determined later.
The planning study is underway and is expected to be complete by June 2024. Results will be shared with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to inform the future construction project.
The construction project is scheduled in the draft State Transportation Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2031.
Contact Public Space and Sustainability Manager Stephanie Trueblood by email or at 919-296-9600 with questions or concerns.