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.
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)
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.
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.
|Project Development & Design
* Estimated costs are subject to change.
|Planning process begins
|Public meeting and workshop
||Dec. 8, 2016
|Right of way acquisition begins
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.
Assistant Design Construction Engineer
N.C. Department of Transportation
Send a message
Todd Buckner, P.E.
Michael Baker International Engineering
Send a message
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.