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August 20, 2018

Hayesville Project Fits Clay County Plan

A plan that started as an idea in the Clay County Transportation Plan is starting to take shape.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking feedback before taking the next step in helping Clay County residents enjoy an improved stretch of U.S. 64 Business.

An open-house public meeting regarding this proposed project will be hosted by NCDOT from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 14 at First United Methodist Church, 989 U.S. 64 Business in Hayesville.

Improvements are needed to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian transportation to downtown Hayesville and U.S. 64. The proposed project would improve a segment of U.S. 64 — which is currently a two-lane highway with nine-foot wide lanes and no paved shoulders — by adding bicycle and pedestrian facilities along U.S. 64 Business.  The improvements would start at the intersection with Main Street, follow the loop made by U.S. 64 Business, and back south to the government complex.

The proposed project would be a step forward toward accomplishing two goals established by the Clay County Comprehensive Transportation Planning Committee. It would provide citizens and visitors mode choices for their transportation needs and it would ease mobility in Clay County and the surrounding area.

Interested citizens may attend the meeting at any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Maps of the proposed improvements will be displayed, and NCDOT staff will be available to provide information, answer questions and receive comments.

Maps of the proposal are available online.

Contact Division 14 Assistant DDC Engineer Mac McDowell at kjmcdowell@ncdot.gov or 828-488-2131 for more information or to submit thoughts on the project. Comments should be submitted by Aug. 28.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate. Anyone requiring special services should contact NCDOT Senior Public Involvement Officer Diane Wilson at 919-707-6073 or pdwilson1@ncdot.gov so arrangements can be made.

Persons who speak Spanish or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

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