The Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law includes a provision for a funding allocation to local governments based on funding contributed by the local government to transportation projects or revenue from tolling. This bonus allocation can be used to fund the construction of other eligible highway projects.

Early in 2020, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) received notice from NCDOT that there would be a bonus allocation to CAMPO from the N.C. 540 project. This intersection project was one of several selected by CAMPO for the bonus allocation funding. NCDOT began project development work for the project in early 2021.

Project Overview

STIP Project HL-0008K involves proposed Intersection improvements on N.C. 42.  Intersections proposed for modification include Hilltop Road, Panther Lake Road, Dwight Rowland Road and Walter Myatt Road. 

Three Alternatives are being considered for this project.

All Alternatives would widen N.C. 42 to four lanes between Hilltop road and Walter Myatt Road.


This video provides an overview of the project.


Alternative 1:

  • Construct new intersection with N.C. 42 and Dwight Rowland Road west of existing intersection 
    • Remove existing Dwight Rowland Road/Panther Lake Road intersection
  • Close the existing Walter Myatt Road connection to N.C. 42
  • Extend Hilltop Road to the southwest and connect to Walter Myatt Road


Question title

Do you have questions or comments regarding Alternative 1?

Closed for Comments

Alternative 2:

  • Widen N.C. 42 to four lanes between Hilltop Road and Walter Myatt Road
  • Shift Dwight Rowland Road to the west
    • remove the existing Dwight Rowland Road/Panther Lake Road intersection
  • Extend Hilltop Road to the southwest to connect to realigned Walter Myatt Road
    • remove the existing Walter Myatt Road connection to N.C. 42


Question title

Do you have questions or comments on Alternative 2?

Closed for Comments

NCDOT Preferred Alternative

Alternative 3:

  • Realign Dwight Rowland Road to create a new intersection with Walter Myatt Road
  • Remove the existing Dwight Rowland Road/Panther Lake Road intersection with N.C. 42

Question title

Do you have questions or comments on Alternative 3?

Closed for Comments

Question title

After reviewing all information provided, please rank the three Alternatives in order of preference. (drag into order)

Closed to responses

Project Maps

View or Download PDFs of Project Maps  

Key Map

Alternative 1 Sheet 1                   Alternative 1 Sheet 2

Alternative 2 Sheet 1                   Alternative 2 Sheet 2

Alternative 3                               


For information on how to read a public meeting map, click here.  

Project Funding: 


Estimated Cost*  

  Right-of-Way Acquisition

$0.2 - $0.5 Million

  Utility Relocation

$0.2 Million


$6.1 - $8.5 Million

  Total Costs

$6.5 - 9.2 Million

* Estimated costs are subject to change.

Project Timeline: 



  Environmental Document

Winter 2022

This project is funded for Planning and Engineering Studies only at this time.

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Question title

Are there other comments or questions you wish to provide to the project team?

Closed for Comments

Project Comments

The public is encouraged to leave any questions or comments at any meeting, using this website or using the project email or phone number.

Comments may also be mailed to the project managers at the addresses listed below.

NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project developement.  All comments received will be reviewed and incorporated into the project where feasible.

​All comments carry equal weight regardless of submittal method.  

Project Email: NC42-Hilltop-Rd-Area@PublicInput.com

Project Phone Number: 984-205-6615 enter project code 6316

Project Contact:

Zahid Baloch, P.E.

NCDOT Division 5 

Senior Project Engineer

1573 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1573

Project Contact:

Beth Smyre, P.E. 

Dewberry Engineers

Consultant Project Manager

2610 Wycliff Road , Suite 410

Raleigh, NC  27607

Other Area Projects

NCDOT Project No. U-5751:  N.C. 55 Extension 

NCDOT Project No. HL-0006 Improvements at U.S. 401/Hilltop Needmore/Airpark/Hilltop Roads 

CAMPO U.S. 401 Study 


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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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