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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has initiated a comprehensive study to develop a plan for the future of US 64 and NC 49 from Charlotte and Statesville to Raleigh. This plan will assess the mobility and connectivity needs of people and freight to and through the central portion of the state, foster economic growth and development, relieve congestion on I-40 and I-85, and optimize transportation funding.

The goal and objectives for the US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study are consistent with the purpose and goals of the Strategic Highway Corridors initiative.

Primary Study Goal

To develop a transportation system consistent with the Strategic Highway Corridors initiative definition that will serve the mobility needs of people and freight to and through central North Carolina while addressing the environmental and economic development opportunities of the public.

Study Objectives

  1. Enhance transportation connectivity and mobility
  2. Serve as a reliever to I-40 and I-85
  3. Improve safety
  4. Support regional and local transit plans
  5. Support economic development
  6. Support local land use plans
  7. Optimize costs and benefits to system users and funding agencies
  8. Be sensitive to environmental and social factors

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the US 64-NC 49 Corridor is complete. Phase 1 consists of a regional assessment of transportation needs and the evaluation of broad alternative roadway investment strategies to meet those needs as well as satisfy the objectives of a Strategic Highway Corridor. The product of Phase 1 is a corridor vision. Subsequent study phases will transition the corridor vision to location specific alternatives and evaluation.

Why is this Study Important to You?

The US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study represents a detailed planning process with exhaustive research, valuable background studies, conclusions and recommendations for NCDOT to use in forming a comprehensive, consensus-based vision for the US 64-NC 49 Corridor for the next 25 years. The resulting vision will be used to influence key decisions related to design, location, access, local land use decisions, project planning and funding. The vision translates into a broad "master plan" improvement strategy for the enhancement and long-term preservation of passenger and freight mobility within the study area.

Study Highlights

Supporting a Growing Population and Economic Development
As of the 2000 census, the population of the counties in the study area totaled over 3.5 million. Population growth in the study area has been rapid over the past few years - especially in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas - and experts expect a continued increase in population in the study area over the next 25 years. The US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study examines in detail existing population statistics, forecasted population change (through the year 2030) and population density, as well as household and employment growth, land use, economic development, and major environmental features. In terms of economic development specifically, maintaining access to business centers throughout the corridor is an important theme in the study, particularly in the counties around the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Charlotte urban centers. All of these factors - from population growth to economic development - contribute to decisions on which alternatives will best serve North Carolina and those traveling within the study area.
Travel Demand Forecasting
Large and complex highway planning exercises often use travel demand forecasting models to help analyze the need for alternative highway investments. For the US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study, a transportation model was developed as a forecasting tool to produce reliable estimates of both the potential increases in travel demand across the study area resulting from projected population and employment growth and the potential traffic diversion effects of providing additional highway improvements along the study corridor.
A Vision for Future Roadway Improvements
The "planning horizon" for the study is the year 2030, and it can be expected that many improvements will be made to the existing highway system in the study area in that period of time. The US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study looks at small and large programmed and planned roadway improvements for the next 25 years and highlights those major projects that would result in the addition of through travel lanes to some portion of the public highway system in the study area. Compiling and presenting this information in the study provides a more informed outlook on what can be expected in terms of future improvements within the study area and how that applies to future decisions.
Ensuring Public Safety
The US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study provides valuable background information and research on safety conditions in the study area, including crash data; potentially hazardous locations such as intersections, bridges, roadway sections, and bicycle and pedestrian areas; Interstate accidents; and highway safety "hot spots." One example of a safety improvement issue explored in the study is the substantiated theory that drivers on divided highways are likely to experience lower crash rates than drivers on undivided highways. A coordinated look at safety factors such as these as part of the vision for the US 64-NC 49 Corridor moving forward will help ensure a safer tomorrow for motorists traveling the study area.
The Importance of Preserving Corridors
Corridor preservation is crucial to ensuring that important roadway projects are able to follow the most desirable route with minimal capital, environmental and social costs. While a complex issue, the problem is essentially the need to prevent development within planned rights-of-way in order to protect key sections of planned corridors until construction begins, without contravening any Federal approval processes or requirements. This is an issue that local, regional, and state planning entities must work together to address.
Supporting Documents
The US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study has produced a series of valuable resources in the form of supporting documents and research papers, available for download from the Study Data and Resources page.

Study Report

The US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study Report is a comprehensive document, which encompasses the majority of activities, evaluations, and recommendations developed for the study. Many of the chapters included in this document can also be found as standalone documents elsewhere on this website.

Community Involvement

Public Involvement Cells

Public Involvement Cells

Five geographic areas, called cells, were defined based on their unique transportation and land use characteristics.

To ensure that everyone along the nearly 200-mile length of the study corridor has the opportunity to learn about and comment on the study process and the progress of the study, NCDOT is has undertaken public involvement actions in each of five "public involvement cells."

The public involvement program will be used throughout the study process to involve key stakeholders in the study process to provide insight into the wants and needs of the communities throughout the corridor, and disperse information about the study to the public.

Stakeholder Involvement

Key stakeholders may include active citizens, elected officials, organizations and various agencies interested in shaping the future vision of the corridor and who may be impacted by the study recommendations.

Stakeholder Interviews Report

Read about the interviews for each public involvement cell were conducted in early 2004

Stakeholders participate in and learn about the study process through stakeholder interviews, the Corridor Development Team (introduced in more detail below), and outreach presentations.

Stakeholders Interviews

Four stakeholder interviews for each public involvement cell were conducted (a total of 20 stakeholder interviews) during a six-week period during January and February 2004 as one of the first outreach activities conducted for the corridor study. The stakeholder interviews proved to be a valuable opportunity to discuss goals and objectives of the study and served to gather critical information on the potential concerns, opinions and issues of the groups represented by the stakeholders.

Corridor Development Team (CDT)

To ensure that the US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study recommendations consider community visions and needs, the NCDOT assembled a Corridor Development Team (CDT) to oversee the study. This multi-agency group represents a comprehensive knowledge of the regional study area. Organizations represented on the CDT include Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), NCDOT, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) for the communities within the study area.

CDT Meetings

CDT members will aid the study team in meeting the study objectives through their willingness to:

  • Review and comment on regional transportation objectives and priorities for the study
  • Use their knowledge of the study area to help generate viable alternatives
  • Act as technical "sounding board" for potential strategies to be evaluated
  • Assist in developing measures and methodologies for testing strategies
  • Review and comment on the results of the evaluations
  • Assist in framing issues, alternatives and next steps for stakeholders
  • Foster regional cooperation
  • Raise and discuss issues of concern
  • Help to anticipate community reactions
  • Reflect the range of affected interests
  • Help the study team establish a working relationship with communities affected by the project

Corridor Study Report

Final Report ( 12 MB)

Appendix - Conceptual Design Plans ( 28 MB)

Contact Information

Terry Arellano, P.E.

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 707-0960
  • Address: NCDOT Transportation Planning Branch, 1554 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1554

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.