College Street Redesign Project (NCDOT STIP Number EB-5978)

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The City of Morganton is designing a multimodal connector on College Street between US 70 (W. Fleming Drive) and NC 181 (N. Green Street) west of Downtown Morganton. 

The project would reconstruct College Street – which is currently two- to five-lanes wide – to include two travel lanes, sidewalks, and a 12-foot multiuse path to carry the City’s planned greenway extension to W. Fleming Drive.  

The project will improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and safety. 

Please watch the introductory video below, review the Project Fact Sheet and the Public Meeting Map

Alternately, you may review a hard copy of the Public Meeting Map in the City Hall Lobby (305 E. Union Street Suite A100) before April 13, 2021.

We Want Your Input! 

We encourage you to provide feedback by April 13, 2021 taking this short survey.


Virtual Public Meeting

The City hosted a Virtual Public Meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at which the public was encouraged to ask questions.  You may watch the Virtual Public Meeting recording here.

Martha’s Park - Section 4(f) de minimis Use Public Notice

In compliance with Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 USC 303), hereinafter referred to as "Section 4(f)," and its implementing regulations codified at 23 CFR Part 774, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the City of Morganton provides public notice of its proposal to make a de minimis impact finding under Section 4(f) regarding the effects of the proposed College Street Redesign on a portion of Martha’s Park, and to provide the opportunity for public review and comment of this proposed determination. 

The proposed project would require new right of way and temporary easement from the City of Morganton Martha’s Park in the southeast corner of the College Street intersection with Collett Street. Approximately 3,500 square feet of new right of way would be required to construct the roundabout, 12-foot multiuse path along College Street, and reconstruct the five-foot sidewalk on Collett Street. An additional approximate 1,100 square feet of temporary construction easement would be required along the park frontage on College Street.

The proposed de minimis impact finding is based on coordination with the officials with jurisdiction. The official with jurisdiction is the City of Morganton that owns and/or administers the affected portion of the property protected by Section 4(f). The officials have been notified of FHWA's intent to make de minimis impact findings.

Pursuant to 23 CFR 774 5(b)(2), notice is hereby provided of the proposed de minimis finding determination. Comments regarding the proposed Section 4(f) de minimis impact finding may be submitted to the City of Morganton in writing during the 30-day comment period using either the comment form or the survey linked above. The comment deadline is April 13, 2021.




Virtual Public Meeting

March 16, 2021

Environmental Document

Summer 2021

Final Design

Fall 2021

Begin Right of Way Acquisition

Fiscal Year 2022

Begin Construction

Fiscal Year 2024



For any material requests or if you would like to schedule an appointment to review materials with City staff, please contact the Project Manager: 

Phillip Lookadoo, AICP, CFM

City of Morganton Project Manager

(828) 438-5260

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305 E. Union Street,

Suite A100, Morganton, NC 28655




Proposed College Street Improvements, South of N. Green Street

Proposed College Street Improvements, South of W. Concord Street.


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