The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to construct a freeway on new location in Anson County between Polkton and Lilesville.

This site is intended to provide the opportunity for comment or questions on the Wadesboro Bypass project.

Your responses will assist the project team with decisions on Alternatives to be considered during the various phases of Project Development.

For Additional information on the project, please visit the NCDOT webpage:​ 

Project Study Area Map

Project Overview 

The N.C. Department of Transportation is beginning environmental studies on potential corridor options between Polkton and Lilesville in Anson County. This project is needed to help improve traffic congestion near Wadesboro, while improving traffic flow and freight transportation between Charlotte and Wilmington.

Economic prosperity will be promoted by supporting the efficiency of transport logistics and economic development throughout the state for economic regions and clusters of existing and emerging activity centers.

Several design alternatives will be evaluated, which may include a northern bypass option and a southern bypass option. Bypass options would likely consist of a four-lane median-divided facility with two lanes in each direction and paved shoulders. Detailed design alternatives will be determined as the project progresses.

Safety Concerns on U.S. 74

U.S. 74 has three locations currently on the 2023 NCDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program list as potentially hazardous intersections

841 crashes from 2018 to 2023 (15% involving freight traffic)

U.S. 74 is part of the National Truck Network, making it a popular route for freight traffic


Traffic Volumes

  • U.S. 74 west of U.S. 52 (No-build)

    • 2022: 20,000 - 28,000 vpd (vehicles per day)

    • 2045: 26,000- 36,700 vpd (vehicles per day)​​

Congested areas are often near resources such as Downtown Wadesboro and Anson High School

but are primarily related to the influx of seasonal travelers and freight traffic

Project Schedule

NCDOT needs your assistance to identify possible corridors to be studied.

Below are questions and opportunities for you to provide what you feel will be a good location for a corridor.

Please consider

Who would benefit from a bypass?

How might the project impact you?

Please note the tabs above (Community Needs and Community Advisory Council) and provide input or sign up. 

Study Corridors

  • Study corridors, with widths typically 500 ft. to 1,500 ft., are used during the initial alternative evaluation process to compare potential options.

  • When the preferred alternative is selected, the roadway design process will avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts within the corridor.

  • Property is purchased within the proposed right-of-way width, which is substantially less than the study corridor width.*

  • The right-of-way is the area that NCDOT will need to purchase to construct and maintain the project.


* Permanent and temporary easements may also be required.


Typical Section  

The graphic below provides a general idea of the freeway and laneage that may be proposed. 

Artistic rendering only.


Bypass options would likely consist of a four-lane median-divided facility with two lanes in each direction and paved shoulders. 


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Please click on the pin and draw a line on the map indicating where you think the Bypass should be placed . (You will be offered an opportunity to provide a comment on your proposal prior to submitting.)

Clicking as you move along will allow you to define a route.

[ ] opens map full screen (escape sends it back to normal)

stacked lines below [ ] allows change of map style

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Would you like to be added to the project email list for updates or other information?

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Are there comments you wish to provide regarding the overall bypass proposal?

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 June 7, 2024

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



Phone Number:  984-205-6615    enter project code 4762 to leave a message.


Project Managers

Bryan KeyCarl Gibilaro
NCDOT Project Management Team LeadNCDOT Project Manager
1582 Mail Service Center1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-1582Raleigh, NC  27699-1582



Phone:  984-205-6615 enter code 4762 to leave a message.


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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