The North Carolina Department of Transportation is proposing to construct a bypass around Asheboro, the US 64 Bypass. As part of this action, the NCDOT also proposes to improve access to the North Carolina Zoological Park (NC Zoo). The project is listed in the NCDOT‘s Draft 2013-2023 Transportation Improvement Program(STIP) as Project R-2536.
The new bypass will be a four-lane, controlled-access (no driveways) highway and is 13.7 miles in length. The opposite directions of travel will be separated by a grassy/landscaped median. Total right-of-way width along the new bypass will average about 300 feet, with additional right of way needed at interchange locations to account for the ramps. Interchanges are included at both ends of the project on US 64, and at NC 49, I-73/74 (US 220 Bypass), NC 159, and NC 42.
The new road to the NC Zoo (the Zoo Connector) will be a two-lane undivided road. A new interchange will be built on the US 64 Bypass at the Zoo Connector when the connector road is built.
News and Updates
November 2012 Public Hearing
A Transportation Corridor Official Map Act Public Hearing will be held on November 8, 2012. The purpose of the 2012 public hearing is to present to the public the Transportation Corridor Official Map.
Interpretive services will be available at the public hearing for persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak, or understand English.
When NCDOT is planning a major new road, property that will be needed to build the road in the future may be placed in what is called a “Protected Corridor”. A protected corridor is the land NCDOT expects it will need to build a new road. This land (or corridor) is “protected” from certain activities, such as construction that requires building permits. Corridor protection minimizes the impact on property owners and the number of people who will have to be replaced. After the November 2012 public hearing, the transportation corridor official map will be filed with the Register of Deeds. After that time, no new building permits will be issued and no new subdivisions will be approved within the corridor.
Project Overview and Purpose
The primary purposes of the proposed transportation improvements are:
- Improve traffic flow and levels of service (LOS) on existing US 64
- Reduce congestion and thereby improve safety on existing US 64
- Enhance high speed regional travel on the US 64 Intrastate Corridor
An additional purpose of the project is to:
- Improve access to the NC Zoo
The project is needed to address the following existing and anticipated conditions:
- Existing and future traffic congestion along US 64 cause significant travel delays, increase the potential for accidents, and contribute substantially to the inefficient operation of motor vehicles.
- Accident rates along existing US 64 in the Asheboro area are currently above the statewide average accident rates for similar roadways in North Carolina.
- Existing and projected traffic and land use conditions along existing US 64 through Asheboro diminish the route’s ability to function as an intrastate corridor.
- Congestion and backups occur on NC 159 (Zoo Parkway) due to local traffic mixing with traffic destined for the NC Zoo. Delays are experienced by zoo visitors, and zoo-related congestion makes it difficult for residents along NC 159 (Zoo Parkway) to access their homes.
- The project is essential to NCDOT‘s plan to upgrade the US 64 and NC 49 corridors from Statesville to Raleigh (US 64) and from Charlotte to Raleigh (NC 49 and US 64).
In May 2004, the Alternative 29 Corridor was selected as the Preferred Alternative for the US 64 Asheboro Bypass. A Design Public Hearing was held in March 2008 to present the final design for the project to the public. Shortly after the 2008 hearing, project studies were suspended due to funding limitations. Project studies were recently re-initiated following a decision to construct the US 64 Asheboro Bypass as a Design-Build contract. Since 2008, the design has been modified slightly, although impacts will not have changed for most property owners. The location and design of the US 64 Asheboro Bypass are set; any major changes would require further study.
The proposed improvements to the US 64 corridor will involve state and federal funds. Any agency that proposes a project involving federal funds must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under the NEPA, an agency must study the adverse and beneficial environmental impacts of alternatives that meet a project’s purpose and need and identify the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA). The environmental documents have been completed for this project, and are available by clicking the link below.
Leza Mundt, AICP
Project Engineer, NCDOT
For Environmental Study Questions
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: (919) 707-6032
- Address: 1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Jim Speer, P.E.
Project Engineer, NCDOT
For Property Impact Questions
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: (919) 707-6320
- Address: 1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.