Project Design

The project will:

  • Construct a new bridge on new alignment to the east of the current bridge
  • Provide two 12-foot travel lanes with 8-foot shoulders on the new bridge
  • Provide improved truck access at the N.C. 48 and Roanoke Avenue Extension intersection south of the new bridge which will improve traffic operations and connections to existing sidewalks
  • Construct new sidewalks along the east side of N.C. 48 from Roanoke Avenue Extension to Vepco Street and along the north side of Vepco Street east of N.C. 48 connecting to the existing sidewalk
  • Close the Gaston Boating Access Area during construction of the new bridge and demolition of the old bridge and reopen once construction is complete


Project Update


Due to safety concerns, the Gaston Boating Access Area located at the north end of the bridge will be closed up to 24 months during construction of the new bridge and demolition of the old bridge. No permanent impacts are anticipated to the access road, boat ramp, or parking spaces and future recreational activities will not be impacted. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has jurisdiction over the Gaston Boating Access Area and agrees that the proposed project will have minimal impacts to this public recreational area and is therefore considered a "de minimis' impact under a federal statute. 

A de minimis impact is an impact that would not adversely affect the activities, features, or attributes qualifying a park, recreation area, or refuge for protection under Section 4(f). In order for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to consider finalizing a de minimis impact determination, an opportunity for public review and comment must be provided.

Click here or on the map image to open the map of the Gaston Boating Access Area in a new window for downloading or viewing.


Project Funding


Estimated Amount*

Utility Relocation


Right-of-Way Acquisition

        $    474,400



Total Cost


* Estimated costs are preliminary and subject to change

Project Timeline



Project Newsletter

October 2021  

Complete Environmental Documentation

Fall 2023  

Begin Right of Way Acquisition

Winter 2024  

Begin Construction

Summer 2025  

* Schedule is preliminary and subject to change

Project Comments


NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project development.  

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

To submit comments for consideration during the current phase of project development,

please submit before August 28, 2023.

The public is encouraged to leave comments using this webpage, email, or phone number:



Phone Number: 984-205-6615      enter project code 4097



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Project Contact

 David Stutts, PE

NCDOT Structures Management Unit

1581 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1581

984-205-6615  code 4097



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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
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Right of way Acquisition Process Videos

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