Project to widen the 27.3-mile segment of US 64 from Columbia (Tyrrell County) to US 264 (Dare County near Manns Harbor) and replace the Lindsay C. Warren Bridge across the Alligator River.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
The project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) issued in January 2012 is available for reading (see the Project Information section).
News and Updates
The NCDOT has selected its Preferred Alternative for the US 64 Improvements Project. See Preferred Alternatives maps and typical sections in the above right of this web page.
The Preferred Alternative includes the following components:
- Tyrrell County:
- Subsection 1-1: North-Side Widening
- Subsection 1-2: South-Side Widening
- Subsection 1-3: North-Side Widening
- Subsection 1-4: North-Side Widening
- Subsection 1-5: North-Side Widening
- Subsection 1-6: North-Side Widening
- Section 2: Tyrrell North (part of the EL8 East Lake area alternative)
- Four lanes with a 46-foot-wide median
- Dare County
- Section 3: Dare North 2 Bridge (part of EL8)
- Subsection 4-1: Dare North 2 connector to Southern Bypass as refined since the public hearings in April 2012 to avoid Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) lands (part of EL8)
- Subsection 4-2: Southern Bypass as refined since the public hearings in April 2012 to minimize the impact to ARNWR (part of EL8)
- Subsection 4-3: North-Side Widening as refined since the public hearings in April 2012 to minimize the impact to ARNWR (part of EL8)
- Subsection 5-1: South-Side Widening as refined since the public hearings in April 2012 to minimize the impact to ARNWR and wetlands
- Subsection 5-2: North-Side Widening as refined since the public hearings in April 2012 to minimize the impact to ARNWR
- Subsection 5-3: Best Fit (North-Side Widening west of former Dare County landfill; at former landfill using landfill property on the north without encroaching on areas that contain buried waste)
- Subsection 5-4: South-Side Widening
- Four lanes with a 23-foot-wide median
NCDOT’s Preferred Alternative also is considered the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative by NCDOT and state and federal environmental resource and regulatory agencies.
At this time, NCDOT is developing a final Preliminary Design for the Preferred Alternative that includes the above components, as well as numerous wildlife crossings to help diminish large mammal strikes, particularly black bears and protected red wolves. The NCDOT also is consulting with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service on measures to minimize impacts to protected species, including the red wolf and red cockaded woodpecker. Next steps also include the preparation of a Final Environmental Impact Statement, which will include responses to comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and document the impacts of the Preferred Alternative and planned impact mitigation, such as the wildlife crossings.
Project Overview and Purpose
The NCDOT has prepared a detailed Purpose and Need statement for the project. The primary purposes of the project follow:
- Consistency with North Carolina's Strategic Highway Corridor Plan (which seeks long-term interconnectivity of consistent transportation corridors in North Carolina) and the Intrastate Highway System.
- Reduce US 64 hurricane evacuation time to better meet state clearance goals in the project study area.
- Maintain/improve a bridge across the Alligator River that meets the needs of highway users.
To date, the key points in the decision-making process for the US 64 Improvements Project are:
- Key Points prior to 2011
- October 4, 2011 – Community Meeting in East Lake
- October 5, 2011 –Community Meeting in Alligator
- 2009 to 2011 – Perform Detailed Study of Widening and New Location Corridor Alternatives
- 2011 to 2012 – Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
- January 11, 2012 – DEIS Signed
- February 2013 NCDOT Preferred Alternative Selected
The link below contains the process flow chart for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and North Carolina Department of Transportation Merger 01.
Public Involvement is an important component of the US 64 Improvements Project, as it enables interested individuals and groups to participate in the planning process and keep up-to-date on overall project status. Public Involvement activities include:
- Spring 2012 Newsletter describing the project status and findings.
- Spring 2009 Newsletter describing the project status and findings.
- Citizens Informational Workshops. These provide the opportunity for the general public to discuss the project and its study findings with NCDOT.
- Small Group Meetings with community groups or organizations. These may be held on an ad hoc basis in response to requests. NCDOT will meet with groups to address specific issues. The organization(s) sponsoring such meetings arrange for the meeting location and notify participants.
- A toll-free project hotline and a dedicated e-mail address. These provide direct contact between citizens and the Project Study Team.
Mr. John Page
Consultant Project Manager
- E-mail Updates / General Questions: Contact Us or US64Improvements@pbworld.com.
- Telephone - If you have comment or questions, a Project Hotline has been set up to provide information and answers to inquiries. The toll free telephone number is 800-263-2434.
- U.S. Mail – The project team may be contact by mail at the address below:
Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.
434 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1500
Raleigh, NC 27601
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.