Most recent updates are listed first.
The N.C. Department of Transportation, on June 30, 2016, broke ground on the U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass and Zoo Connector.
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 occurred after that time.