TIP Project U-4700 - Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold two public hearings for the proposed widening of U.S. 321 from a four-lane, median divided roadway to a six-lane, median divided roadway.

An informal pre-hearing open house will precede the public hearing and will be held from 4:00 to 6:30 PM. The Public Hearings will begin with a formal presentation on the project at 7:00 PM each evening.

Pre-Hearing Open Houses and Public Hearing locations and times:

  • Monday, July 11, 2016: Open House: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Formal Presentation: 7:00 PM Winkler Activity Center, 2500 Clement Blvd. NW, Hickory

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016: Open House: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM Formal Presentation: 7:00 PM The Broyhill Center – Room 215, 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, Lenoir

Citizens will be able to speak, ask questions and/or submit comments following the formal presentation. The presentation and all public comments will be recorded and a written transcript prepared. Written and verbal comments carry the same weight.

The purpose of the project is to improve traffic carrying capacity and traffic flow within the project study area. The project is 17.2 miles in length.

Public Hearing Maps are available online at:

Anyone desiring additional information regarding the project may contact Diane Wilson, Senior Public Involvement Officer, NCDOT Human Environment at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598 or by phone (919) 707-6073 or email at Comments may be submitted until July 26, 2016.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Wilson as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.


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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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