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The project logo BR-0029: Bridge No. 26 on N.C. 106 over Middle Creek in Macon County

The project logo BR-0029: Bridge No. 26 on N.C. 106 over Middle Creek in Macon County

Project Overview:

The NCDOT Structures Management Unit proposes to replace Bridge No. 26 on N.C. 106 over Middle Creek in Macon County. N.C. 106 is a two-lane, rural major collector, traveling northeast from Dillard, Georgia, through the study area, to Highland, North Carolina.

A Public Meeting was held in November 2018 to present and receive feedback on the preferred alternative. Since then, NCDOT has evaluated a potential realignment of Happy Hill Road.


Project Need:  

Bridge No. 26 is approaching the end of its functional life and has a sufficiency rating* of 37.9 out of 100. In 2018, NCDOT bridge crews strengthened the beams of the bridge in order to extend the life of the structure. The maintenance performed was only a temporary improvement and does not remove the need to replace the bridge.

*Sufficiency rating" is a tool that is used to help determine whether a bridge that is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete should be repaired or just replaced. The sufficiency rating considers a number of factors, only about half of which relate to the condition of the bridge itself. The sufficiency ratings for bridges are part of a formula used by the Federal Highway Administration when it allocates federal funds to the states for bridge replacement.


Vicinity Map


Interactive Study Area Map

Proposed Design Change


The preferred alternative presented at the 2018 Public Meeting showed:

  • The new bridge being constructed directly north of the existing bridge
  • Happy Hill Road shifting slightly to the west

Based on the slope of the ground being too steep, Happy Hill Road will not be able to tie into N.C. 106 (Dillard Road) from its proposed location. NCDOT now proposes to:

  • Realign Happy Hill Road even further to the west in an effort to improve access to the Happy Hill community from N.C. 106 (Dillard Road)




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Project Funding:   


Estimated Amount*



Construction Costs


Total Costs


* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on draft NCDOT STIP.



Project Timeline: 



Public Meeting

November 2018  

Environmental Document

August 2019  


Spring 2021  


Spring 2022  

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Project Comments: 

Due to Covid-19, NCDOT has suspended in-person meetings until further notice.

Project information will be provided to the public in a virtual format on this website and through an informational newsletter in Spring 2021.

The public is encouraged to leave any questions or comments using this website or the project email or phone number.

Project email: [email protected]

Phone Number: (855) 925-2801 enter project code 7836


*Due to mailing delays, the comment period has been extended until April 16, 2021. 



Do you have any comments or questions regarding the Happy Hill Road alignment design change?
Do you have any additional comments or questions regarding the proposed project?

Project Contact Information:

David Stutts, PE

NCDOT Structures Management Unit

1581 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1581

Project Email: [email protected]





Resources For 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.  


Relocation Assistance Brochure                                 Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions