Transportation planning is commonly considered to be limited to efforts made to improve personal vehicular traffic patterns. However, transportation planning also includes planning for greenways, sidewalks, buses and trains, and other alternative modes of transportation. Often, transportation planning is coordinated between local and regional agencies and organizations. The Town of Butner often works with Granville County, Kerr-Tar Regional Planning Organization (RPO) and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) on various transportation-related projects.
East Lyon Station Road Greenway Extension
This portion of the existing greenway will extend down to just past Three Wishes and will be approximately 0.42 miles in length. This extension will make the greenway approximately 1.5 miles in length from Three Wishes to Pond Drive. This project is at or near 90% design phase. The Town envisions extending this trail all the way down East Lyon Station Road to Gate Two Road.
East Lyon Station Road to Pond Drive Greenway
This trail was completed in Spring 2015. The 1/2 mile trail provides access to about one mile of passive recreation on the eastern side of Town by connecting to the existing 0.6 mile greenway on East Lyon Station Road. The Town envisions extending this trail up to NC 56 with a pedestrian crossing at or near the Dollar General.
East Lyon Station Road Greenway
This trail is part of a long range plan for pedestrian and bicycle connections throughout Butner and connecting to other trails in Granville County as part of the Granville Greenways system. The trail runs 0.6 miles along East Lyon Station Road starting at the Food Lion Shopping Center and ending at Telecom Drive.
West Lyon Station Road Realignment
As part of the Butner Gateway Small Area Plan, the Town has been working on a plan to realign West Lyon Station Road to further encourage development within the Gateway. Due to specific constraints, there is only one location NCDOT will allow a road on the south side of NC Hwy 56. The new road needs to be equidistant from both the railroad and I-85. To create a full-movement intersection, West Lyon Station Road needs to be realigned. This project is now under the direction of NCDOT (TIP Project No. U-6020). Project information and materials can be viewed as they become available here.
Comprehensive Transportation Plan
The Granville County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) is a long range plan, which identifies major transportation improvement needs and develops long term solutions for the next 25-30 years. This plan is a joint effort between Butner, Creedmoor, Oxford, Stem, Stovall, Granville County, NC DOT – Transportation Planning Branch (TPB), CAMPO, and KTRPO. The CTP study involves both government officials, staff and the public in an effort to determine the area’s future transportation needs based on the best information available including, but not limited to, population, economic conditions, traffic trends, and patterns of land development in the county. The study includes alternative modes of transportation, such as transit, walking and biking. Click here for more information about this project.
East End Connector
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT) is in the development stage of constructing the East End Connector in Durham. The proposed project would provide a direct connection between the Durham Freeway (NC 147) and US 70 (Miami Blvd.), as well as make improvements to US 70 from Pleasant Drive to north of Holloway Street (NC 98). The project is expected to be open to traffic in July 2019. For updated information on this regional project, please visit NC DOT’s website: www.ncdot.gov/projects/eastendconnector.
NC 56 Corridor Study
The Town partnered with the City of Creedmoor, Granville County and CAMPO for the NC 56 Corridor Study project. VHB Engineering NC, P.C. helped guide and execute this study. The study encompassed 4.5 miles from 33rd Street in Butner through Creedmoor to the east. Currently a fairly typical two-lane roadway, it presents transportation challenges given its topography, multiple land uses, poor access management, substantial truck volumes, and traffic volumes ranging from 15,000 to 9,000 vehicles per day. There are no facilities for bicycle and pedestrian access. The purpose of the study was to create an integrated strategy of short-term operational improvements, long-range infrastructure investments, and coordinated land use/development policies in order to preserve and enhance the corridor’s environmental resources and economic vitality. For more information and a copy of the study, please visit the project’s website: www.nc56corridorstudy.com.