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Public Invited to Drop-In Session for Bridge Replacement

​BRASSTOWN – The N.C. Department of Transportation invites the public to provide input on a proposed project to replace a bridge on Old U.S. 64 over the Hiawassee River.

The informal, drop-in meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at Brasstown Community Center, 255 Settawig Road in Brasstown. With no formal presentation, the public may participate in the meeting at any time. The meeting had been postponed due to Hurricane Ian weather projections. 

This bridge in Cherokee County over the Hiwassee River is coming to the end of its lifespan and has been selected for replacement. The new bridge is a proposed 280-foot-long structure with three spans that feature 11-foot-wide lanes and 6-foot-wide shoulders.

The project will cost approximately $4.5 million. Right of way is slated to begin in fiscal year 2023 with construction the following fiscal year.

The project currently is being purposed with an offsite detour. Old U.S. 64 will be closed for the duration of the project with traffic being detoured along U.S. 64 and Settawig Road.

People may submit comments at the meeting, by mail to Zach Shuler, NCDOT Division 14, 345 Toot Hollow Road, Bryson City, NC 28713, or email to Comments may be submitted through Oct. 10.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled people who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Alecia Hardy, Environmental Analysis Unit, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1598, 919-978-1986 or as early as possible so arrangements can be made.


11/7/2022 2:46 PM