Project Highlights

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) proposes to replace the bridge (referred to as Bridge No. 23) on U.S. 64 over the Nantahala River in Macon County (TIP No. BR-0028). Bridge No. 23 was constructed in 1965 and is considered structurally deficient. The fact that a bridge is "structurally deficient" does not imply that it is unsafe. It means the bridge must be monitored, inspected and repaired/replaced at an appropriate time to maintain its structural integrity.

The project proposes replacing the existing bridge with a new structure in place. The bridge will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes, with 8-ft shoulders on each side. Paved shoulders along U.S. 64 will expand up to 4' as the roadway approaches the bridge structure on each side. A temporary bridge will be constructed just south of the existing bridge for traffic flow during construction. The temporary bridge will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes with 2-ft shoulders on each side.

Project Visualization




Proposed Typical Sections


Proposed New Bridge


Detour Bridge





Project Funding



Estimated Amount*

Utility Costs

        $       56,959

R/W Costs

        $     310,000

Construction Costs

        $  8,700,000

Total Cost

        $  9,066,959

* Estimated costs are preliminary and subject to change

Project Timeline




Environmental Document Complete

September 2023  

Right of Way Acquisition Begins

December 2023  

Construction Begins 

March 2025  

* 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 September 8, 2023.

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



Phone Number: 984-205-6615      enter project code 5017

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Project Contact

 David Stutts, PE

NCDOT Structures Management Unit

Project Engineer

1581 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1581

Project Contact

 Shawn Blanchard


Senior Transportation Planner

8000 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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