Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing improvements to U.S. 276 (Jonathan Creek Road) between U.S. 19 and I-40 near Waynesville, in Haywood County.

This project will modernize approximately 6 miles of U.S. 276 (Jonathan Creek Road) from U.S. 19 to the Exxon Gas Station located just south of I-40 in Haywood County.

Proposed modernization improvements include:

  • Widening the existing lanes of U.S. 276 to 12 feet in width, the extension of turn lanes at some locations to allow for more capacity
  • Changes to the openings in the median along U.S. 276.

Presently, there are multiple paved breaks in the median along U.S. 276 called free access median openings,  This means the median can be crossed from either side of U.S. 276 and motorists wait in the middle of the median for traffic
to clear before performing a U-turn or proceeding across U.S. 276 to reach their destination. 
This project will improve the safety and efficiency of this design by converting many of these median openings to reduced conflict intersections, or RCIs, where there are existing safety issues.

RCIs improve safety and traffic flow on highways by reducing possible points of conflict. Raised concrete medians will direct motorists through these median openings in a way which allows vehicles to make safer turns at angles which allow for better driver visibility. RCIs will sometimes include "bulb-outs", or extra pavement added across from an RCI to facilitate U-turns.  For more information on RCI's, please view this video (RCI - The Right Way to Turn Left).

Some existing free access median openings will be closed and all remaining openings will have left turn lanes installed. Existing left turn lanes will be extended to the desirable length defined by NCDOT or to the maximum extent practical. There will be some free access median openings which will remain without an RCI or median crossover.

The following free access median openings on U.S. 276 will be converted to RCIs:

  • Hall Drive/ Russell Cove Road
  • Mt. Valley Road/ Grindstone Road
    • existing turn lanes will be lengthened to meet NCDOT desirable turn lane lengths
  • Ferguson Road/Entrance to Pride Resort campground (4394 Jonathan Creek Road)
    • Turn lanes will be lengthened in both directions
  • Access to Creekwood Farm RV Park (4696 Jonathan Creek Rd.)/ Suncrest Lumber Mill (4595 Jonathan Creek Rd.)
    • Turn lanes will also be added in both directions
  • Median opening located approximately 0.30 miles north of Hall Drive (directly in front of Jonathan  Valley Elementary School) will be converted to a south-bound-only U-turn

The following free access median openings on U.S. 276 will be closed:

  • Winngray lane
  • Gray Squirrel Drive (S.R. 1312) 
  • Cicero Lane  
  • Qualla Lane 
  • Median opening at the southern driveway of the Farmers’ Cooperative (4082 Jonathan Creek Road)

Public Input

Information will be presented on this website 

In addition, an In-Person, Public Meeting will be held on Dec. 7, between 5 and 7 pm to allow the public to view printed maps and ask questions/provide comments.

Venue:   Pride Resort (4394 Jonathan Creek Road)

Time:     5 to 7 pm

The comment period for this portion of project development closes on Jan. 3, 2022

Project Funding:                                          

This project is listed in the N.C. Department of Transportation State Transportation Improvement Program as Project No. R-5921.


Estimated Amount*

 Right of Way Acquisition

$   8.4 million

 Utility Relocation$   3.2 million

 Construction Costs

$ 32.6 million

  Total Cost

$ 44.2 million 


*Estimated costs are subject to change.


Project Timeline: 




 Public Comment

December 2021 

 Environmental Document (Categorical Exclusion)

August 2022 

 Right of Way AcquisitionBegins

January 2023 

 Construction Begins

September 2024 


*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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Email the comment or question to U[email protected]


  Phone Number: (984) 205-6615     Code: 6268

Question title

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

Question title

Do you have any questions or comments about Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCIs)?

Project Contact Information:

Jeanette White P.E. 

NCDOT Highway Division 14 

 Senior Project Engineer

253 Webster Road

Sylva, NC  28779


 (984) 205-6615   Code  6268

Project Consultant Information:

Jimmy Terry

TGS Engineers

Consultant Project Manager 

201 W. Marion Street, Suite 200

Shelby, NC  28150


(984) 205-6615   Code  6268

Project Email Address:


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.  


Relocation Assistance Brochure                                       Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure                   Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions