Project Highlights

The proposed improvements include widening N.C. 279 to a four-lane divided facility and adding a multi-use path on both sides of N.C 279. Reduced conflict intersections will be utilized at several of the intersections on South New Hope Road. 

The proposed project includes a 10-foot multiuse path on both sides of N.C. 279. The multiuse path was selected due to its ability to accommodate acceptable levels of service for pedestrian and bicyclist users, it requires less right of way than other separated pedestrian facilities, and cost millions of dollars less than other separated pedestrian facilities.

U-5821 was originally initiated in 2018, suspended in 2019, and reinitiated in August 2022.

Public Meeting Map #1 

(Union New Hope Road to Tomshir Drive)

Public Meeting Map - Sheet 1 of 3

Public Meeting Map #2

(Cramer Woods Drive to Barber Road)

Public Meeting Map - Sheet 2 of 3

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Do you have comments or questions regarding proposed improvements between Union New Hope Road and Tomshir Drive?

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Do you have comments or questions regarding proposed improvements between Cramer Woods Drive and Barber Road?

Public Meeting Map #3

(Neely Grove Road to Titman Road)

Public Meeting Map - Sheet 3 of 3


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Do you have comments or questions regarding proposed improvements between Neely Grove Road and Titman Road?

Proposed Typical Section

The proposed roadway typical section along N.C. 279 includes four 12-foot travel lanes, a 23-foot median, and 10-foot multi-use paths on both sides.




Reduced Conflict Intersections

A Reduced Conflict Intersection – sometimes referred to as a superstreet, a synchronized street, or a median U-turn ​is a general term used to describe several types of designs that can be used to improve safety and traffic flow on a highway by cutting more than half of the potential locations, o​​r conflict points, where drivers and pedestrians can collide.  

The most common type of Reduced Conflict Intersection design eliminates left turns from side roads onto busy main roads. Raised medians direct traffic from the side road into turning right. When there is a safe opening in traffic, drivers enter the flow of traffic on the main route.  To go the other direction, or cross the highway, drivers pull into a dedicated lane – typically les​s than 1,000 feet away – ​and make a U-turn. There might be a traffic signal at this location.

With a Reduced Conflict Intersection, drivers from the side street only have to be concerned with one direction of traffic on the highway at a time and do not need to wait for a gap in both directions to cross a major road.


Project Funding



Estimated Amount*

Right of Way Acquisition

        $  51.1 Million

Utility Relocation

         $  5.9 Million

Utility Construction

         $  3.4 Million


        $ 53 Million

Total Cost

      $ 113.4 Million

* Costs are preliminary and subject to change

Project Timeline




Public Meeting

November 2022  

Environment Document

February 2023  

Right of Way Acquisition

June 2023  


June 2026  

* Future dates are 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 December 1, 2022

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


Email: [email protected] 

Phone Number: 512-580-8850 enter project code 2085

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Project Contact

 Thad Duncan, PE, CPM

NCDOT Highway Division 12

Division Project Manager

P.O. Box 47

Shelby, NC 28151

Project Contact

 Andy Young, PE


Manager of Design, Transportation and Planning

223 S. West Street, Suite 1100

Raleigh, NC 27603

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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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