Public Meeting Information


Date Sept. 22, 2022

Location Polk Central Elementary

2141 N.C. 9

Mill Springs 

Time 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes lane and shoulder improvements to N.C. 9 from N.C. 108 to U.S. 74 in Polk County. The purpose of the project is to improve traffic flow, mobility, and safety for all transportation users along the corridor. The pavement surface will be widened along the length of the project.

The project design has not changed since the prior public meeting in April 2019. The project is state-funded and is included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as project R-5840. The project lane and shoulder improvements will:

  • Widen the travel lanes from 10’ to 12’
  • Add 6’ paved shoulders
  • Add turn lanes at elementary school
  • Include drainage improvements


Project History

The State Minimum Criteria Determination Checklist (SMC) was completed in July 2018. The first Local Officials’ Meeting and Public Meeting was held in April 2019.

Project Maps

Click on the links or the thumbnails below to view or download the maps. 


 To view Project Map 1 click here or on the map image below  



To view Project Map 2 click here or on the map image below




Question title

Do you support a slightly wider travel way?

Closed to responses | 174 Responses

Question title

Do you support a 6-foot paved shoulder?

Closed to responses

Question title

Do you support turn lanes at Polk Central Elementary?

Closed to responses | 178 Responses

Project Funding:



 Funded costs Costs*

  Project Development & Design

$      900,000

  Property Acquisition

$   2,200,000  Million

  Construction Cost

$ 8,600,000 Million

  Total Cost

 $ 11,700,000 Million

        *Funded costs are subject to change. 

Project Timeline:



Public Meeting

September 2022

Previous Public Meeting Held

April 2019

Environmental Document

July 2018

Right-of-Way Acquisition Begins

May 2022

Construction Begins

August 2025

* Future dates subject to change. 


NCDOT accepts comments throughout all planning, design, and construction phases of project development.

All comments will be taken into consideration, and carry equal weight, regardless of submittal method.

Comments for consideration during the current phase of project development were submitted by October 6, 2022.

Question title

Would you like to be added to the project email list?

Question title

Do you have questions or comments on the overall project?

Closed for Comments


Andrew Buchanan

Assistant Division Proposal Engineer

NCDOT Highways Division 14

253 Webster Road

Sylva, NC  28779-9621


Dewayne Sykes, PE

Senior Consultant Project Manager

KCI Associates of NC

4505 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 400

Raleigh, NC  27609-6270


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 Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

Right of way Acquisition Process Videos

English                                                                     Spanish


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