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The project logo U-5974: N.C. 68 - HighPoint

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​U-5974: N.C. - High Point - Project Update

Thank you for your interest in the U-5974 Project (N.C. 68 Widening) in High Point. During the public comment period, NCDOT received feedback from local residents, business owners and developers, among others. Public input is a fundamental component of effective transportation planning and project development, and NCDOT values all input for this project. As such, the project team will look at a potential combination of the two alternatives to develop a new alternative design that best serves the projected future traffic demands along N. C. 68 and addresses concerns based on public feedback. Once this information is available, it will be posted to the project webpage at

Thank you again for your participation in NCDOT's public involvement process.


The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to improve N.C. 68 (Eastchester Drive) from Hickswood Road (S.R. 1523) to Gallimore Dairy Road (S.R. 1556) in High Point.

The purpose of this project is to address existing and projected congestion and to improve mobility and traffic flow on this critical facility in northern High Point.  Proposed improvements would include capacity and non-traditional intersection designs.

Vicinity Map:

Interactive Study Area Map



Proposed Highlights 

Proposed improvements to N.C. 68 (Eastchester Drive) include adding one additional travel lane in each direction as well as intersection improvements.  Two build alternatives are currently being studied which include traditional intersection, Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI), and Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) designs. 

Two build alternatives for the U-5974 project are currently being studied:

Alternative 1 (6-Lane Widening with Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) Design):

  • An additional lane in each direction of N.C. 68
  • A Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) at N.C. 68 and W. Wendover Avenue/Skeet Club Road
  • Conversion of N.C. 68 intersections to Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) designs at the following locations: Penny Road (SR 1536), Samet Drive, Premier Drive, Willard Dairy Road (SR 1836)/Mendenhall Oaks Parkway, Clinard Farms Road (SR 1837)/Piedmont Parkway, Regency Drive, and Gallimore Dairy Road.
  • The intersection of N.C. 68 and Hickswood Road/Meadowlark Road would remain a conventional intersection.

Alternative 2 (6-Lane Widening with Conventional Intersection Design):

  • An additional lane in each direction of N.C. 68
  • A Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) at N.C. 68 and W. Wendover Avenue/Skeet Club Road
  • All other N.C. 68 intersections would remain conventional signals and turn lanes, with additional lane storage added where needed

Public Involvement

Public information about proposed project

Information will be provided to the public in a virtual format on this website beginning October 28, 2020. The public is encouraged to provide comments or share their thoughts regarding the proposed alternatives concepts below. 

Comments are due by November 23, 2020

Project Introduction Video


Project Alternatives Video


A video explaining how to read a public hearing or meeting map can be viewed below.

The video contains information on colors used and symbology.


Project Traffic Analysis and Safety Video





Reduced-Conflict Intersections (RCI) 


Continous Flow Intersection (CFI) 


Project History:

The High Point Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (HPMPO) identified the N.C. 68 (Eastchester Drive) corridor between Penny Road and Gallimore Dairy Road as a Boulevard needing improvement in its 2010 Comprehensive Transportation Plan.   HPMPO is currently developing the 2020 Comprehensive Transportation Plan.  The draft Plan (dated March 17, 2020) recommends congestion/mobility improvements along the N.C. 68 (Eastchester Drive) corridor between I-74/US 311 and Gallimore Dairy Road.

North Carolina General Statute 136-6.2 requires each municipality or Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), with the cooperation of NCDOT, to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) serving present and anticipated travel demand in and around the municipality or MPO.  The CTP includes community consensus on future transportation needs required to support anticipated growth and development.  It is a multi-modal plan that identifies the future transportation system needs and includes highways, public transportation, rail, and bicycle facilities needed to serve the anticipated travel demand.  It strengthens the connections between the area’s transportation plan, adopted local land development plan, and community vision.

The U-5974 project is included in the HPMPO Draft 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) as a 2035 Horizon Year project.  The MTP is the official multi-modal transportation plan that addresses a 25-year planning horizon that is developed, adopted, and updated by the MPO through the metropolitan transportation planning process. 

Project Funding:                                           

This project is listed as Project No. U-5974 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and is funded for $69.1 million.  


 Estimated Amount*

  Project Development $ Design**

$ 1,675,000


$ 19,333,000

  Construction Costs


  Total Cost



* Estimated costs are subject to change.

**Prior year cost.

Project Timeline:



  Public Meeting

 Fall 2020

 Environmental Document 







* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


NCDOT accepts comments thoughout the planning, design and construction phases of projects.
All comments will be taken into consideration as the project progresses.

Project Comments

All comments will be taken into consideration,regardless of submittal method  

You may leave a comment or question below

Email the comment or question to [email protected]


Phone Number: (855) 925-2801 Code: 4871


Would you like to be added to the project mailing list for updates or other information?
Do you have a preference between Alternative 1 or Alternative 2?
Do you have any comments or questions regarding the proposed project?

Project Contact Information

Brian Ketner, PE

NCDOT Division 7

Project Engineer

P.O. Box 14996

Greensboro, NC 27415


Paige Hunter, PE


Project Consultant

101 South Tryon Street, Suite 3610

Charlotte, NC 28202


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.

Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions