Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing improvements to N.C. 88 between the junction with N.C. 194 in Smethport to the Junction with N.C. 194 in Warrensville.

Proposed modernization improvements include:

  • A roundabout at the N.C. 88/N.C. 194 intersection in Smethport 

  • Improvements to Claybank Road/Smethport Drive

  • Realignment of the Buffalo Road/ Elliott Road intersection

  • Replacement of two bridges crossing Buffalo Creek

    • ​Bridge No. 57 Crossing Buffalo Creek north of Elliott/Buffalo Road (near Dollar's Carhartt Store)

    • Bridge No. 49 Crossing Buffalo Creek south of Stanley Road (near Eller & Sons Auto Repair)

  • Realignments to remove or soften curves

  • Extension of Stanley Road to the realigned N.C. 88

  • A roundabout at N.C. 88/ N.C. 194/ NW School Road in Warrensville

Project Overview Video


Project Map:

Click the link below to view or download a copy of the project map.

R-5832-Project Map

Roadway Typical Section

Roundabout at N.C. 88/N.C. 194


Roundabout at N.C. 88/N.C. 194/NW School Road


Question title

Do you have any comments or questions regarding the Roundabout in Smethport?

Closed for Comments

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Do you have any questions or comments regarding the roundabout at Warrensville?

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Public Input

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, NCDOT has suspended all in person public meetings.   Information on the project will be presented on this website. 

A Public Meeting will be held during fall 2022.  The venue and type of meeting (in person or virtual) will be determined based on NCDOT guidance as we move closer to a potential meeting date.  

Project Funding:                                          


Estimated Amount*

 Right of Way Acquisition

$    12.8  million

 Utility Relocation$       4.6 million

 Construction Costs

$     32.7 million

  Total Cost

$  50.1 million

*Estimated costs are subject to change.


Project Timeline: 



 Environmental Document                   (State EA/Fonsi)

March 2023  

 Right of Way Acquisition Begins

June 2023 

 Construction Begins

June 2025 

*Future dates are subject to change.


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

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  Phone Number: (984) 205-6615     Code: 4673

Project Contact Information:

Heath Slaughter

NCDOT Highway Division 11

 Project Manager

801 Statesville Road

North Wilkesboro, NC  28659

 (984) 205-6615   Code  4673


Project Consultant Information:

Jeffrey Dayton, P.E.


Consultant Project Manager 

555 Fayetteville Street

Raleigh, NC  27601

 (984) 205-6615   Code  4673

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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

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