Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to replace the bridges on I-40 over Thickety Road (S.R. 1513) in Haywood County as State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Project B-5541. The project is needed because the existing bridges have been identified as structurally deficient and are approaching the end of their useful life. Bridge inspectors have noted substantial deterioration of the concrete deck and substructure. 


Project Highlights

The proposed replacement bridges will be wide enough to accommodate future interstate widening.  They will contain three 12-foot lanes in each direction. The bridges will be replaced in place, allowing for maintenance of two lanes of traffic in each direction during construction of the new bridges. 

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Project Funding:


 Estimated Costs*

Right of Way Acquisition

$ 0.3 Million

Utility Relocation

$ 0.7 Million


$12.4 Million

Total Cost

$13.4 Million

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

Project Timeline:


Anticipated Date*

Environmental Document Complete

Spring 2024   

Right of Way Acquisition Begins

Summer 2024   

Construction Begins

Summer 2025   

*Future dates 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 March 5, 2024

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



Phone Number:  984-205-6615    enter project code 3572

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Zachary Shuler

Bridge Program Manager

NCDOT Division 14

345 Toot Hollow Road

Bryson City, NC 28713


Colista Freeman

Consultant Project Manager

NV5 Engineers and Consultants

3300 Regency Parkway, Suite 100

Cary, NC 27518

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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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