The town will receive a $2 million federal grant to finish fully widening Holly Springs Road to four lanes from Main Street to Fire Station 1, just east of Bass Lake Road.
The federal money will provide 80 percent of the estimated $2.5 million cost to widen between Main Street and Flint Point Lane. The grant will be used to acquire right-of-way and for construction.
When widening along the .83-mile segment might begin has yet to be determined.
An improved Holly Springs Road along virtually its entire east-west span through town is a top transportation priority. Crosstown widening of Holly Springs Road would cost tens of millions of dollars.
For such large-scale projects, town leaders are considering a transportation bond referendum for November 2018 or possibly May 2019. The Town Council will resume discussions at a special meeting on transportation Tuesday, March 13 from 4-6 p.m. in Town Hall.
The $2 million grant enables Main Street to Flint Point widening to move forward apart from any bond referendum package that may emerge.
Some widening between Main Street and Flint Point already has occurred in conjunction with adjacent development. Most recently, the developer of 2018 Market has widened where the housing subdivision is under construction on the north side of Holly Springs Road.
The upcoming town project will target narrower roadway from Holly Springs Elementary School to Main Street and also a shorter stretch at the Flint Point end.
“It will create a consistent cross section to reduce bottlenecks,” said Mary DePina, project engineer in the town’s Engineering Department.
Holly Springs’ grant was one of six totaling $15.5 million that a regional transportation planning organization awarded Feb. 21. The organization coordinates transportation planning in Wake, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, and Johnston counties.
Holly Springs’ request scored second highest among the six approved by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Most of the federal money, $9.9 million, will go toward widening Rock Quarry Road in southeastern Raleigh. Fuquay-Varina will receive more than $900,000 for improvements at the intersection of Old Honeycutt and Purfoy roads.