Project History:

Based on the findings in the Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization (GHMPO) 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the offset intersection at Main Street should be eliminated by realigning 33rd Street SW directly to 34th Street NW which will provide continuity for travel on these facilities as well as increasing the safety for traffic turning at the intersection.  Based on the statement in the Plan, the expected purpose and need for the project will be to improve mobility, connectivity, and system linkage to provide efficient access to I-40 and the industrial areas, including the Hickory Regional Airport, north and east of the project area.  The project was included per the processes outlined in the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) legislation outlining how and which projects are selected for funding.

Public Involvement

Public Meetings

A public meeting was held on August 6, 2019 in Long View, NC to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project's design.  


  August 6, 2019


  Western Piedmont Council of Governments

  1880 2nd Avenue NW

  Hickory, NC 28601


  4-7 p.m.


Public Meeting Maps:

Map 1: Intersection of 3rd Street SW & 34th Street

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project U-6042 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and is funded for $3.775 million.


Estimated Amount*

   Prior Years' Costs  $      375.000
   Property Acquisition and Utilities  $   1,500,000   
   Construction Costs  $   3,300,000  
   Total Cost  $   5,175,000

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


Project Timeline



  Public Meeting 

     August 6, 2019

  Right of Way Acquisition      Summer 2027
  Construction Begins     TBD

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Bryan Sowell, PE

Division Project Engineer

NCDOT Division Highway 12

PO Box 47

Shelby, NC  28151




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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