Construction on Pittsboro Circle to Begin Soon

by Town of Pittsboro



The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), via their contractor Carolina Sunrock, will be beginning construction on the downtown Pittsboro traffic circle (Project ID: STIP R-5724A) on Monday, January 11, 2021 with a scheduled completion date of October 30, 2021 for all hardscape and asphalt work. Landscaping to be included with the project has a scheduled completion date of April 28, 2022. Please note “Weather Permitting” on all specified dates listed herein.

The project is expected to be completed in three phases, with Phase 3 separated into two steps:

• Phase 1– Removal of the concrete islands within the traffic circle
• Phase 2 – Construction on the Eastern portions of the traffic
• Phase 3 (Step 1) – Construction on the Northwest portions of the traffic circle (will include nighttime work)
• Phase 3 (Step 2) – Construction on the Southwest portions of the traffic circle (will include nighttime work)

Effective immediately, residents and commuters can expect to see signs and other detour infrastructure being installed for the project. Off-site detours for all truck and thru traffic re-routing will take effect Monday, January 11, 2021. Additionally, beginning Monday, January 11, 2021, lane closures will be installed with a flagmen operation to assist and facilitate the removal the existing curb islands within the existing traffic circle footprint. Phase 1 work is expected to be complete the week of January 11, 2021. All lanes will remain open, except for temporary measures narrowing, redirecting or stopping traffic.

Phase 2 work may begin towards the end of the week of January 11, 2021 and no later than January 18, 2021. Phase 2 of construction will close the Eastern side of the traffic circle. During Phase 2, US 15-501 will remain open in a two-way, two lane traffic pattern on the west side of the traffic circle. US 64 on the East side of the traffic circle will be closed. US 64 on the west side will remain open to the traffic circle.

Please see the attachments to this Press Release for the proposed traffic control details for Phases 1 and 2, in addition to an exhibit depicting the detour routes and utilized signage.
The Town of Pittsboro is working intimately with NCDOT and its contractors to ensure that this project proceeds on schedule and with as little inconvenience as possible. If anyone has
questions regarding the project, they may contact the Town or the following NCDOT representatives:

Jeremy B. Phillips, PE
Senior Assistant Resident Engineer
Sanford Construction
NCDOT Division 8
919 776 9623 office

Michael G. (Gary) Phillips
Resident Engineer – Lee County
North Carolina Department of Transportation
919-776-9623 office

Chris Kennedy
Town of Pittsboro Town Manager

2021-01-06T21:03:03-04:00January 6th, 2021|


  1. CYNTHIA Hall GROSSMAN January 7, 2021 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    I do not see that narrowing the circle around the Courthouse will reduce the traffic tie up. Moving the stoplight at the intersection of Salisbury Street to the intersection of Hillsboro-Hank-Thompson will help the flow from the Courthouse.

    • Main Street Pittsboro February 22, 2021 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your input.

  2. Ray January 26, 2021 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Where can i find the finished drawings of the court house circle including the finished landscaping?

    • Main Street Pittsboro February 22, 2021 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      The drawings are available for review at the Welcome Center, 37 Hillsborough Street.

    • Main Street Pittsboro June 4, 2021 at 10:44 am - Reply

      There are construction drawings of the project at the Welcome Center at 37 Hillsboro Street.
      The Welcome Center is open Wednesday-Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.

  3. Gail E Fox February 7, 2021 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Omg please get a police officer or 4 way stop at the intersection of E Chatham St and Sanford Rd (15-501 S) there is going to be an accident with people trying to make a left turn! Not to mention the back up of traffic at rush hour. Also the condition of the street on E Chatham is horrible.

  4. Anna February 23, 2022 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Is there an overall sidewalk plan in addition to this plan and the bypass that is partially funded by Chatham Park and scheduled to be completed in Spring of 2023? Those of us in existing neighborhoods have shrinking walkability, and without additional plans to fund sidewalks, speed humps, and digital signs and traffic cameras to enforce the 25-mile and hour limit in older neighborhoods will still be vulnerable to no investment in civil infrastructure during unprecedented growth. Time for those of us in downtown to band together and demand a civil action plana that considers more than the build-out of Chatham Park.

    • Main Street Pittsboro February 23, 2022 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Your best bet is to pose this very important question to your representatives at the town.
      See this page for their email addresses.

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