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Transportation Planning

North Carolina 2040 Plan

The N.C. Board of Transportation adopted an updated long-range transportation plan to help guide the state’s future transportation investments. Called the 2040 Plan, the document provides a 30-year transportation blueprint for the state.

While not project specific, the 2040 Plan stipulates that the N.C. Department of Transportation’s highest priorities are ensuring safety, preserving existing transportation systems, and focusing on services and facilities with statewide significance. The plan further calls for the state to invest in initiatives that promote economic opportunities and allow increased flexibility at the local level.

This comprehensive two-year effort included identifying statewide transportation systems’ resources and needs and working with local governments to identify local transportation needs, all to ensure that North Carolina’s transportation systems remain safe and are less congested and freight keeps moving to enhance the state’s economy. Estimating funding availability over the next 30 years, as well as potential funding sources to help meet the state’s needs, were also part of the 2040 Plan.

The 2040 Plan was prepared by combining technical analysis and public outreach. Detailed information about technical activities that took place during the development of the 2040 Plan can be found in the following reports: 


Transportation Projects

  • The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is preparing plans for closing the private North Carolina Railroad/Norfolk Southern Railway crossings at Gordon Thomas Drive, Greenbrier Drive and Byrdsville Road. Public Meetings were held during 2013 and 2014 to present information on these closings.  Preliminary plans are now available at the Orange County Planning Department during normal business hours, and are also provided below. As plans are updated, they will also be available at the Planning office.  NCDOT has sent out a postcard to property owners affected by the proposed private NCRR/Norfolk Southern Railway crossing closures, a copy of which is also provided below.  These are the same property owners that were noticed during the public outreach sessions in 2013 and 2014.

Following finalization of the Preliminary plans, NCDOT will proceed to final right-of-way determination and purchase of needed additional right-of-way, sometime between late spring and the summer of 2015.

This project is part of a group of improvements through Orange County in preparation for future high speed rail.  History and background are available on this website at the ‘Related Information’ link below.    

Combined Field Inspection (CFI) Plans

Right of Way (ROW) Plans

  • Eno Economic Development District Access Management Plan:  As an implementation measure of the Eno Economic Development District (EDD) Area Small Area Plan, an access management plan has been developed for the Eno EDD.  An access management plan is intended to provide better transportation systems and capacities as development proceeds in an area.  Formally adopted transportation access plans are necessary to procure federal and state funding for projects and to require developer action and contribution in providing transportation infrastructure consistent with a master plan. 


The proposed access management plan involves approximately 550 acres of land in the vicinity of US Highway 70 and Old Highway 10 (near Durham County). 

Adopted Eno Economic Development District Access Manangement Plan

Transportation Documents:

Related Web Links: