Project Highlights:

The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, the local NCDOT division staff, and others to determine the appropriate roadway design for the proposed improvements.  Biologists, architectural historians, archaeologists and community planners conducted field surveys of the project study area during the summer and fall of 2018 to assess the natural and human environments present within the area. Results of the surveys will be detailed in various reports, including a community characteristics report.

In addition, discussions are underway about including sidewalks and bicycle lanes as part of the proposed improvements. The project team held a project scoping meeting with the regulatory resource agencies in November 2018, after which, work on the preliminary designs will begin.  Work on preliminary designs is underway.  Input collected from the public and other project stakeholders during the March 28, 2019 public meeting and subsequent comment period will be used to help identify a preferred alternative for the project.

Once an alternative is selected, NCDOT will hold a public meeting to present detailed designs for review and comment.  NCDOT will notify the public through various channels including on this project webpage, on the NCDOT public meetings webpage,  through advertising in local papers, local radio, and direct mailings to property owners, business owners, and current residents in the project study area.  

Typical Sections:

Several Typical Sections are being considered and NCDOT is seeking your input on them.   

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Public Involvement

Public Meetings

An Open-House Public Meeting was held on March 28, 2019 to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project.   


  March 28, 2019

 Double Tree by Hilton           

Asheville Biltmore                           

115 Hendersonville Road  



  4 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Public Meeting Map:

Public Meeting Map - March 28, 2019


Handout from March 28, 2019 public meeting

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project U-4739 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation  Improvement Program  (STIP) and is funded for $49.3 million.



 Estimated Amount*

   Right of Way Acquisition  $    14.8 millio  
   Construction  $    34.5 million  
   Total Cost  $    49.3 million  

* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on NCDOT STIP.

Project Timeline



  Public Meeting #1

 March 2019  

  Public Meeting #2

 February 2020  

  Environmental Document 

 May 2020  

  Right of Way Acquisition 


  Construction Begins 


* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Beverly Robinson

Project Manager

NCDOT Project Development Unit

Divisions 11-14

1582 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1582

[email protected]


History of the Project

Widening of Amboy and Meadow Road is included in the French Broad River’s 2040 Comprehensive Transportation Plan, with a recommendation for a four lane ‘Urban/Suburban Avenue’ cross section (  The recommended speed limit is 45 MPH.  The project is part of the Wilma Dykeman Riverway Master Plan, which also identifies STIP Project U-5019, Improvements to Lyman Road, which intersects Amboy Road at Meadow Road. 

For the U-5109 project, the City of Asheville completed an environmental analysis document in 2013 and identified the preferred alternative for Lyman Road as a two-lane roadway typical section that includes sidewalks, multi-use paths, and planted medians, as recommended by the Wilma Dykeman Riverway Master Plan. The speed limit is recommended to be 25 MPH.  This two-lane alternative was chosen due to constraints including the French Broad River and the Norfolk Southern rail system, and to provide for safer transportation for bicycles and pedestrians. 

Due to similar goals and constraints on the U-4739 (Amboy/Meadow Road) widening project, roadway typical cross section features proposed as part of the Lyman Road project will also be considered.

It is anticipated that the preferred alternative for U-4739 will closely match that of U-5019 due to similar constraints and goals. 

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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.  


Relocation Assistance Brochure                                   Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure               Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions