Graham County’s Corridor K project is moving forward. NCDOT announced today that the environmental impact study for the highway expansion was finalized.
“This historic milestone is the result of the numerous coordination efforts of the team, with not only NCDOT’s normal local and agency partners, but efforts to understand the concerns of environmental advocacy groups, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Tribal partners and MANY others,” said Division 14 Engineer Wanda Austin in a press release. “This collaborative effort has laid the groundwork for many other future projects.”
NCDOT and Federal Highway Administration officials recently finalized documents that state proposed improvements to U.S. 129, N.C. 143 and N.C. 28 between Robbinsville and Stecoah will have no significant impact on the human or natural environment. Here are all of the documents about the project.
The Corridor K highway expansion is the last stretch of the Appalachian Development Highway System which was launched in 1965. The highway extends from I-75 in Cleveland, TN, to Dillsboro in Jackson County. The project will also include a land-bridge so animals can cross safely.
Right-of-way acquisition will begin later this year and construction is scheduled to start in fall 2022.