Russ Avenue (US 276) Widening
Project # U-5839
Type: Road Widening
Affected Counties: Haywood
Estimated Cost: $17,750,000
The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen a one-mile section of Russ Avenue (US 276) from Phillips Road to North Main Street (US 23 Business) in Waynesville. The purpose of this project is to alleviate traffic congestion and address safety concerns, primarily left turns.
The project has been divided into three sections. From North Main Street to Boundary Street the NCDOT will build safer sidewalks and two new lanes with a proposed speed limit of 20 mph. Three lanes (one northbound and two southbound) will be built from Boundary Street to Walnut Street, with a speed limit of 20 mph. This section will also include north and southbound sidewalks and bike lanes. From Walnut Street to Phillips Road four lanes and a median will be built along with sidewalks and bike lanes. This section will have a proposed speed limit of 35 mph.
Russ Avenue is a major entrance to commercial Waynesville. To minimize disruptions, much of the construction will take place at night. In response to residents’ feedback, the roads leading into historic downtown will not be widened.
- WLOS: “DOT plans call for Russ Avenue upgrade, protection of historic Walnut Street”
- The Mountaineer: “Russ Avenue headed for a makeover”
- The Mountaineer: “Revamping Russ Avenue”
- Right-of-way acquisition - 2018
- Start Construction - 2020
- End Construction - 2021
It is estimated that more than 25 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $6,950,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (two of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.