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Public Meeting Scheduled for Lincoln County Project

DENVER – The N.C. Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting next week to discuss a proposed project at the intersection of N.C. 16 and Optimist Club Road in Lincoln County.

The intersection was signalized in 2021 as an interim measure to reduce delays caused by U-turn movements along the N.C. 16 Bypass. Engineers are now proposing to upgrade the intersection to an interchange to improve traffic flow.

Proposed improvements include converting the existing intersection to a partial cloverleaf design, realigning Optimist Club Road over N.C. 16, and installing a multi-use path on both sides of Optimist Club Road just east of Forney Creek Parkway.

The public meeting will run from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the East Lincoln Community Center, 8160 Optimist Club Road in Denver. People may attend the meeting at any time to learn more about the project and speak with members of the project team.

Project details and maps are available on the project's Public Input page. There will not be a formal presentation at the meeting. People who cannot attend the meeting may submit comments in writing, by phone or email through March 2. All comments received will be reviewed and considered for the final design.

To send comments or learn more, contact NCDOT Project Manager Thad Duncan by mail at P.O. Box 47, Shelby, N.C., 28151-0047. People may also submit comments by calling 512-580-8850 (project code 2070) or by email at

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Tony Gallagher at or 919-707-6069 as early as possible so arrangements can be made.

​People who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.


2/6/2023 2:40 PM