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

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

​Preliminary Engineering Activities for this project
have resumed.

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 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.  

 Activity

 Estimated Amount*

  Project Development $ Design**

$ 1,675,000

  Right-of-Way 

$ 19,333,000

  Construction Costs

$48,100,000

  Total Cost

$69,108,000

 

* Estimated costs are subject to change.

**Prior year cost.

Project Timeline:

Milestone

    Date*

  Public Meeting

 Fall 2020

 Environmental Document 

 2024

 Right-of-Way

2026

  Construction

 2028

 

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Comment Form

Comments will be accepted until November 23, 2020.
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]

or

Phone in a comment or question to 855-925-2801 enter project code 4871

Would you like to be added to the project mailing list for updates or other information?
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

336-487-0075

Paige Hunter, PE

HNTB

Project Consultant

101 South Tryon Street, Suite 3610

Charlotte, NC 28202

704-208-5385

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