Proposed Design 

  • Improve curvature of the existing road

  • Widen travel lanes from 9 feet to 12 feet throughout the extent of the project

  • Add or extend turn lanes on Cajah Mountain Road at the Connelly Springs Road, Horseshoe Bend Road, and U.S. 321A intersections


From Connelly Springs Road to Joplin Road, the proposed designs:

  • Widen roadway shoulders to include a 5-foot paved shoulder within an overall 8-foot shoulder width at the west end of the project (along sections of the road where guardrail is needed, the total shoulder width will be 11 feet)

  • Realign the existing skewed intersection with Hudson Cajah Mountain Road

  • Raise the posted speed limit from 35 mph to 45 mph west of the Sawmill town limits 

      From east of Joplin Road within the Town of Sawmills, the proposed roadway includes:

  • Curb and gutter

  • 5-foot bike lanes

  • 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of the road

  • As recommended by the Town of Sawmills Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, the sidewalks and bike lanes transition to a 10-foot multi-use path from west of Helena Street/Kendell Place to U.S. 321A at the eastern end of project

A public meeting was held in August of 2022 and the project maps below were displayed at the meeting.

In addition, the response to questions and comments recevied during the public comment period are "here."

Project Map

​Download PDF of  Map 1: Connelly Springs to Joplin Road

Download PDF of Map 2: Joplin Road to U.S. 321A


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 Impacts

Potential Impacts to Human and Natural Resources*


Residential Relocations


Business Relocations


Cemeteries Impacted


Non-Profit/Place of Worship Relocations 


Streams (linear feet)


Wetlands (acres)


The potential impacts are based on the preliminary design, which will continue to be refined as the project development process continues.

Project Funding   


Estimated Amount*

Right of Way

$ 9,200,000


$ 10,200,000


$ 23,900,000

Total Costs

$ 43,300,000

* NCDOT August 2022. Costs are preliminary and subject to change. 


Project Timeline 



Newsletter #1

September 2021

Public Meeting

August 2022

Environmental Document Completion

January 2023

Right of Way 

August 2024


August 2026

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Public Input 

NCDOT conducted a virtual public outreach effort in the fall of 2021. A summary of the comments received and NCDOT responses from that outreach can be found here. 

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Next Steps

Comments received from the public meeting have been reviewed and addressed. An environmental document was completed in January 2023. The preliminary design for the project has been completed, and the final proposed right of way acquisition and easement needs are continuing to be identified. In August 2024, the property acquisition process to obtain right of way and easements needed to construct the project is scheduled to begin. The project construction is scheduled to begin in August 2026 once the project plans are finalized, right of way acquisition is complete, and environmental permitting processes are finalized. 

Project Contact

Heath Slaughter

NCDOT Division 11 Project Manager

801 Statesville Road

North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

984-205-6615 enter code 9768


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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