Open House Public Meeting


 Feb. 16, 2023

East Lincoln Community Center

8160 Optimist Club Road, Denver 

 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

There was no formal presentation

Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to improve the intersection of N.C. 16 and Optimist Club Road in Lincoln County. The purpose of the project is to relive congestion at the existing intersection.


Project Highlights

The project proposal includes: 

  • a partial cloverleaf interchange at the intersection of Optimist Club Road and N.C. 16 in Lincoln County. 
  • realignment of Optimist Club Road over N.C. 16.   N.C. 16 will remain on its existing alignment
  • a multi-use path along both sides of Optimist Club Road east of Forney Creek Parkway

The purpose of the project is to provide traffic relief to N.C. 16 Business

Construction of the project, will require easements from the Forney Creek Trail – Kathryn G. Clark segment of the Carolina Thread Trail, which is owned by the Catawba Lands Conservancy.  Preliminary design indicated that the right-of-way needed will be approximately 0.14 acres of the Catawba Lands Conservancy property, but would have no adverse effects on the activities, features and attributes of the Forney Creek Trail.


Click Here to see the summary of NCDOT's responses to public's comments


Project History

In 2021, signalization was implemented at the intersection of N.C. 16 Bypass and Optimist Club Road to decrease the traffic backup caused by U-turns along N.C. 16 Bypass. The signalization at this intersection was intended to serve as an intermediate solution to traffic congestion along N.C. 16 Bypass. By upgrading the existing intersection into an interchange, traffic operations will be further improved.

    Project Map

    Click on the link or the thumbnail below to view or download the map. 


    Existing Condition

    Looking south on N.C. 16



    Proposed Interchange

    Looking south on N.C. 16



    Existing Condition

    Aerial view looking north

    Proposed Interchange 

    Aerial view looking north


    Existing Condition

    Aerial view looking southeast


    Proposed Interchange

    Aerial view looking southeast


    Typical section of N.C. 16






    Typical section of Optimist Club Road interchange






    Project Funding:




    $   .1 Million

      Right-of-Way Acquisition

    $   .5 Million

      Construction Cost

    $ 25.4 Million

      Total Cost

     $ 26 Million

            *Costs as shown in currently adopted STIP, subject to change

    Project Timeline:



    Public Meeting

    February 2023    

    Right-of-Way Acquisition Begins

    October 2023    

    Construction Begins


    * Future dates subject to change. 


    NCDOT accepts comments throughout all planning, design, and construction phases of project development.

    All comments will be taken into consideration, and carry equal weight, regardless of submittal method.

    Comments for consideration during the current phase of project development were submitted by March 2, 2023,


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    Thad Duncan, PE

    Project Manager

    NCDOT Highway Division 12

    PO Box 47

    Shelby, NC  28151-0047


    Trent Moody, PE

    Project Manager

    STV Engineers Inc.

    900 W Trade Street, Unit 715

    Charlotte, NC  28202


    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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