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RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an open house and public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to answer questions and receive comments about the proposed U.S. 221 Bypass project east of the town of Rutherfordton. The meeting will be held at the Rutherfordton-Spindale High School, located at 641 U.S. 221 North in Rutherfordton.

A pre-hearing open house will take place between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments about to the proposed project. The public is invited to drop in at any time between these hours. The opportunity to submit written comments or questions will also be provided. 

A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m. The presentation will consist of an explanation of the proposed location and design, right-of-way acquisition, relocation requirements and procedures, and funding sources. Following the presentation, a public hearing will be open for statements, questions and comments. Additional material may be submitted until Dec. 9.

The proposed bypass project is approximately 8.5 miles long. It includes: 

  • Widening existing U.S. 221 from north of the U.S. 74 Bypass to south of Poors Ford Road; 
  • Constructing a bypass on new location from south of Poors Ford Road to Thompson Road north of Rutherfordton; 
  • Widening existing U.S. 221 from Thompson Road to the northern intersection of Roper Loop Road; and 
  • Constructing interchanges at existing U.S. 221 south of Rutherfordton, U.S. 74 Business/U.S. 221 Alternate (Charlotte Road) and U.S. 64.

The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce congestion and improve safety and travel time for traffic using the U.S. 221 corridor in the vicinity of Rutherfordton. The project will require the acquisition of additional right of way and the relocation of homes and businesses.

A map displaying the location and design of the project and a copy of the approved environmental document (State Final Environmental Impact Statement) are available for public review at the following locations: 

  • NCDOT County Maintenance Yard, 909 Ledbetter Road, Spindale;  
  • Spindale Town Hall, 103 Rezeley Street, Spindale;  
  • Rutherfordton Town Manager's Office, 129 North Main Street, Rutherfordton; and  
  • Isothermal Rural Planning Organization, 111 West Court Street, Rutherfordton,

The maps are also available for viewing online at

Anyone desiring additional information may contact Kimberly Hinton, Human Environment Unit, at (919) 707-6072 or

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this workshop. For special services, please contact Hinton as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.


2/13/2018 4:26 PM