Project Informational Video

A video explaining details about the project and maps can be viewed below. 

Project Alternatives 

NCDOT evaluated two alternatives for the proposed project and evaluated impacts to the environment and
potential costs. The main difference between the two alternatives is:

  • Alternative 1 would construct a new bridge at the existing location

  • Alternative 1 (with Detour) would construct a new bridge at the existing location with a temporary on-site detour

  • Alternative 2 would construct a new bridge south of the existing structure.

Both alternatives would be constructed in stages and would require the closure of West Mills Road at its intersection with N.C. 28 during construction.

No off-site detours would be required for this project.

There are many community resources in the area. NCDOT sought to avoid or minimize impacts to these resources and other surrounding properties. Bridge No. 85 is historically significant, as is the historic district it is located in, the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic District. This district also includes other important historic resources such as the Will West House, C.N. West General Merchandise, and the former West Mill’s Post Office.

 

Alternative 1

Alternative 1 includes construction of a new bridge at the existing location and would be constructed in stages. During construction, traffic would be maintained on a temporary bridge structure south of the existing bridge.

  • A one-lane temporary on-site detour bridge would be built along the south side of the existing bridge parallel to carry eastbound NC 28 traffic.

  • Westbound traffic would be shifted and maintained along the southern section of the existing bridge.

  • Existing bridge removal would occur north to south followed by new bridge construction north to south.

  • Eastbound and westbound traffic would be shifted to the new section of bridge.

  • The detour bridge would be removed and the remainder of the southern section of the new bridge would be constructed. Once complete, eastbound and westbound traffic would be shifted to their final traffic patterns.

The new bridge would consist of two 12-foot travel lanes and 8-foot shoulders. Roadway improvements, including the tie-ins for the bridge approaches, will be incorporated into the project.

 

 

Alternative 2

Alternative 2 would be constructed in stages to maintain traffic on the existing structure while a newly constructed bridge is built parallel along the south side of the existing bridge.

  • The construction of the new bridge would occur from south to north.

  • Once a section of the new bridge is constructed, eastbound and westbound traffic would be shifted onto the newly-constructed section of bridge.

  • The existing bridge would then be removed, and the remainder of the new bridge would be constructed from south to north.

  • Once complete, eastbound and westbound traffic would be shifted to their final traffic patterns on the new bridge.

As with Alternative 1, the new bridge would consist of two 12-foot travel lanes and 8-foot shoulders. Roadway improvements, including the tie-ins for the bridge approaches, will be incorporated into the project.

 

 

Project Maps and Handout

Download PDF of Alternative 1

Download PDF of Alternative 1 (With On-Site Temporary Detour)

Download PDF of Alternative 2

 

Download PDF of Project Handout

 

A video explaining how to read a public hearing or meeting map can be viewed below. The video contains information on colors used and symbology. 

Project Funding 

 

Estimated Amount*

Alternative 1

$2,700,000

Alternative 2

$2,850,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on currently adopted NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Project Timeline 

Milestone

Date*

Virtual Comment Period

Summer 2021

Final Environmental Document

Early 2022

Right-of-Way

Spring 2022

Construction

Early 2023

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

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Project Contact

David Stutts, PE

NCDOT Project Manager

1581 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1581

Project Email Address: nc28-bridge85@publicinput.com

Project Phone Number: 984-205-6615    Access Code: 4763

 

Resources For Property Owners

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