The N.C. Department of Transportation has terminated the proposed Balfour Parkway project after the N.C. Board of Transportation voted Sept. 6, 2018, to remove the project from the State Transportation Improvement Program.
Study Area Updated
In July 2017, the N.C. Department of Transportation updated the project
study area – the land where the proposed roadway might be built – by eliminating potential roadway options through downtown Hendersonville. The study area allows room to consider new-location route options that link N.C. 191 to U.S. 64 north of Hendersonville and is consistent with the project limits noted in the area's
comprehensive transportation plan.
Although the proposed Balfour Parkway is state-funded, the potential addition of an interchange with I-26 would involve approval by the Federal Highway Administration. The proposed project is following a process outlined by the National Environmental Policy Act, a law that requires NCDOT to study the environmental effects of the proposed project and document. Once all studies are complete, NCDOT will release an environmental document – called an Environmental Assessment – that details the findings. The project study area – is outlined in red on the
Preliminary Alternatives Map
preliminary alternatives map shows the potential location of where the road could be built. The preliminary designs use a 1,000-foot wide corridor and potential designs are expected to require approximately 250 feet. The large corridors allow room to refine each design concept to further avoid or minimize potential impacts within the corridor.
The preliminary alternatives were on display for the public to view at a public meeting on Feb. 27, 2018.
2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
Balfour Parkway is included in the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization's 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which recommends construction of a "new four-lane expressway from N.C. 191, north of Stony Mountain Road, to U.S. 64, north of Nix Road, in Hendersonville." The plan's recommended time frame for construction is 2026-2030.
Balfour Parkway has been included in long range transportation plans since 2005, including the area's
2008 comprehensive transportation plan.
NCDOT Feasibility Study
In September 2014, NCDOT completed a
feasibility study (FS-1214B) that examined construction of the proposed Balfour Parkway.
The feasibility study found that the four-lane divided roadway would be able to accommodate traffic volumes projected for 2035. It also identified resources that would need to be considered in the planning and design process.
Please note: A feasibility study is an assessment of the practicality of a proposed project and is intended to determine if a proposal is economically justified, if it is acceptable on an environmental or social perspective or if eventual construction and operation can be financed and managed.
The designs and alignments prepared during the feasibility study are conceptual in nature and are subject to change during the planning and design phase as additional information and public comments are factored in.