Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is building a southern bypass of Asheboro to help reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and safety on U.S. 64 as well as enhance high-speed regional travel on the U.S. 64 Intrastate Corridor.
The U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass will also include a section, which NCDOT is currently referring to as the Zoo Connector, that will provide better access to the North Carolina Zoo, a major tourist attraction and economic engine for the region.
The project is needed because:
- Existing congestion along U.S. 64 causes significant travel delays and increases the potential for accidents. Accident rates along U.S. 64 in the area are above the statewide average accident rates for similar roadways in North Carolina.
- Existing and projected traffic and land use conditions along existing U.S. 64 through Asheboro diminish the route's ability to function as an intrastate corridor.
- Congestion and backups occur on N.C. 159 (Zoo Parkway) because local traffic mixes with zoo traffic. Visitors experience delays, and residents have difficulty getting to and from their property.
- It is integral to NCDOT's plan to upgrade the U.S. 64 and N.C. 49 corridors from Statesville to Raleigh (U.S. 64) and from Charlotte to Raleigh (N.C. 49 and U.S. 64).
The project includes six interchanges, 24 bridges and box culverts and 8 million cubic yards of earth and rock excavation. It will also include enhanced bridge aesthetics around the zoo.
U.S. 64 Bypass
The U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass will be a 14.4-mile four-lane, median-divided highway that begins on U.S. 64 west of Asheboro – just west of Stutts Road – and ends at U.S. 64 east of Asheboro at Dewey Road.
Access will be full control, meaning vehicles would only be able to get on the highway at interchanges. The total right-of-way width will average approximately 400 feet, with additional right-of-way needed at interchange locations to account for the ramps.
Interchanges are included at:
- U.S. 64 on both ends of the project
- N.C. 49
- I-73/74 (U.S. 220 Bypass)
- The Zoo Connector
- N.C. 42
The Zoo Connector will be a 1.7-mile two-lane, full-control roadway that runs directly from the U.S. 64 Bypass to the entrance of the North Carolina Zoo. This will dramatically improve zoo access from the U.S. 64 corridor.
The N.C. 159 grade-separation is being eliminated and a roundabout will be placed at the zoo entrance.
Most recent updates are listed first.
NCDOT and Governor Pat McCrory, on June 30, 2016, broke ground on the the U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass and Zoo Connector, part of the governor's 25-year transportation vision to enhance travel safety and better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
Public and Small-Group Meetings
NCDOT held a public meeting Feb. 23, 2016, at Randolph Community College to provide updated information about the project. The meeting followed a small-group meeting, also in February, with local residents about changes to the updated designs for proposed service roads for the Asheboro Bypass.
NCDOT in November 2015 held a small-group meeting with local businesses and homeowners about changes to the design of the east end interchange.
NCDOT Awards Contract
NCDOT awarded a $244 million contract in June 2015 to Asheboro Bypass Constructors, a joint venture between Thompson-Arthur Paving and Construction and Wright Brothers. Rummel, Klepper & Kahl are the lead designers for the joint venture.
Revamped Zoo Connector Proposal
NCDOT worked with the North Carolina Zoo and local citizens in early 2015 to improve a May 2014 design of the proposed Zoo Connector that joined it to N.C. 159 Spur. This brought a major traffic route into the North Carolina Zoo via a winding, two-lane road with driveways along the way. The revised design, which incorporates aspects of the original, moves traffic away from local homeowners.
NCDOT Releases Updated Map of Zoo Connector
NCDOT on Jan. 30, 2015, released an updated map to improve the proposed Zoo Connector. A revised design presented in May 2014 utilized part of existing N.C. 159, between Willow Downs Court and the zoo entrance. It had no access control on that portion. The N.C. 159 grade-separation was eliminated and a roundabout at the zoo entrance was proposed. The N.C. 159 interchange with U.S. 64 was also eliminated. A short connector road would provide access from Zoo Parkway to the Zoo Connector and the bypass. At least six displaced residents are avoided, as compared to the previous design.
NCDOT held a public meeting May 8, 2014, at the W. David Stedman Education Center in Asheboro to present proposed changes to the project, including a modification to the Zoo Connector and the deletion of the previously proposed interchange with N.C. 159.
Public Hearing on Final Project Design
NCDOT held a public hearing in May 2008 to present the final design of the project (Alternative 29, selected in May 2004). Shortly after the hearing, project studies were suspended due to funding limitations.
These studies were reinitiated in 2011 following a decision to convert the U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass into a design-build project.
Another public hearing was held Nov. 8, 2012, to present the proposed protected project corridor to the public was held, and only minor design changes have occurred since that time.
The location and design of the U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass and the Zoo Connector have been selected, and any major changes would require further study. As of 2013, all sections of the project were funded, including the Zoo Connector.
|Project contract awarded
|Right of way plans approved
*Future dates subject to change
The following documents and maps were previously released as part of the U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass construction project.
February 2016 Service Roads Maps:
November 2015 Small-Group Meeting Maps:
January 2015 Map:
May 2014 Public Meeting Maps:
Michael J. Shumsky, P.E.
NCDOT Design-Build Engineer
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Raleigh, NC 27699-1595
John R.G. Olinger, P.E.
NCDOT Division 8 Construction Manager
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Judy Joines (for property impact questions)
Project Manager, Right of Way Consultants, LLC
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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.