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NCDOT Construction Projects and Long-Range Studies

Current Major Construction Projects

Asheboro Bypass

US 64 Asheboro Bypass (R-2536)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is constructing the U.S. 64 Asheboro Bypass, a 16.4-mile four-lane highway in Asheboro. It includes a 1.8-mile section called the Zoo Connector, which improves access to North Carolina Zoological Park.

The Bypass is a controlled-access (no driveways) highway, in which both directions of travel will be separated by a grassy/landscaped median. The total right-of-way width will average about 300 feet, with additional right-of-way needed at interchange locations to account for the ramps.

Interchanges are included at:

  • U.S. 64 on both ends of the project
  • N.C. 49
  • I-73/74 (U.S. 220 Bypass)
  • The Zoo Connector
  • N.C. 42

The Zoo Connector is a full-access two-lane roadway that runs directly to the entrance of the North Carolina Zoo and can only be accessed at two break points.

A short connector road will provide access from Zoo Parkway to the Zoo Connector and the Bypass. The N.C. 159 grade-separation is being eliminated and a roundabout at the zoo entrance is proposed. The N.C. 159 interchange with U.S. 64 was also eliminated.

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Current Long-Range Studies

US 64 Study 

US 64-NC 49 Corridor Study - Phase I

Overview
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.

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