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U.S. 19/74/64/129 Improvements Project
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Cherokee
  • Type of Project: Improvements
  • STIP Number: R-5735
  • Estimated Cost: $11.3 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2018
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Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing roadway improvements to a 1.25-mile section of U.S. 19/74/64/129 from about three-quarters of a mile southwest of Murphy to Hiwassee Street in Murphy.

Improvements could involve increasing lane widths, adding turn lanes, raised medians and removing driveways to address traffic congestion and to improve the overall safety and traffic flow.

Project Highlights

Engineers developed two design options - referred to as alternatives - as part of a feasibility study several years ago. Later, they added a third option, which is a variation of one of the earlier alternatives.

The three alternatives are:

  • Alternative 1, a four-lane road divided by a raised median
  • Alternative 2, a five-lane road with a center turn lane for dual left turns
  • Alternatives 2 & 3, (Alternative 2: Five-lane road with a center turn lane for dual left turns; Alterative 3: five-lane road with a center turn lane with lane delineators)

Public Involvement

The N.C. Department of Transportation held a workshop in Murphy on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at Murphy First Baptist Church to provide an overview of the project and receive comments on the proposed design options – called alternatives – being studied as well as safety and operational improvements to U.S. 64.

NCDOT presented maps for the following alternatives:

Forty-seven property owners, business owners, municipal officials and other interested parties attended the workshop, and NCDOT received 18 comment sheets during the workshop and two comments via email after the workshop. Their comments and questions focused on enforcement of the speed limit, support for Alternative 2, impacts to businesses and a request for wider lanes.

Project Cost

This project is listed as Project R-5735 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $11.3 million.

Estimated Amount*
Project Development & Design $2,200,000
Property Acquisition $3,800,000
Construction Costs $5,300,000
Total Cost $11,300,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Planning process begins May 2016
Public meeting and workshop Dec. 8, 2016
Right of way acquisition begins 2018
Construction begins 2019

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Project Documents


Contact Information

Kenneth McDowell
Assistant Design Construction Engineer
N.C. Department of Transportation
(828) 586-2141
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Todd Buckner, P.E.
Michael Baker International Engineering
(919) 481-5710
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Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.