N. Highland Lake Road

UPDATE: To get updates on the N. Highland Lake Road project, go to the Village of Flat Rock website page on the North Highland Lake Road Project.

The Flat Rock Village Council voted to request NCDOT abandon the N. Highland Lake Road project at their December 12, 2019, meeting. The council passed Resolution 219, adopting formal language for that vote, on December 30, 2019. The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board at their vote on January 23, 2020, denied the Village’s request. While the project is continuing, the Flat Rock Village Council is working with NCDOT to mitigate damage caused by the project as much as possible.

N. Highland Lake Road (SR 1783): NCDOT STIP project no. U-5887 / SPOT ID H111093

Cost: $9.57M as of June 2021; original NCDOT estimate: $2.62M

French Broad River MPO dossier: Highland Lake Road (SR 1783)
NCDOT Prioritization 3.0 Project Summary: SR 1783 (Highland Lake Road)

NCDOT 90% plan, released August 6, 2020
NCDOT 75% plan, released June 2019. (90% plan due May 2020)
NCDOT 25% plan, released January 2019. (75% plan due May 2019 and 90% plan due May 2020)
NCDOT plan, released October 12, 2018.

NCDOT did not initiate this project, and the Flat Rock village council has the ability to stop it. Check out our series on the impact this road project will have.

The Flat Rock village council put together a FAQ sheet on the road project. Check out our series on FAQ inconsistencies.

Linked below are the NCDOT plans for N. Highland Lake Road presented at the public meeting on Oct 17, 2017. Both plans have the same road configuration changes with the only difference being the choice of pedestrian facility:

Illustrations from NCDOT:

  • NCDOT_1783_plansAlt1_REV
    Multi-use path: N. Highland Lake Road widens from the current 22-foot wide road bed to almost 52 feet wide (not including areas with turn lanes, which adds another 10 feet, making it almost 62 feet)
    Sidewalk: N. Highland Lake Road widens from the current 22-foot wide road bed to almost 47 feet wide (not including areas with turn lanes, which adds another 10 feet, making it almost 57 feet)

Information from the UNC School of Government on North Carolina public records right of access can be found here.

Schedule changes:

  • Initial right-of-way acquisition to begin summer 2019 with construction complete in 2022
  • Schedule has accelerated to begin right-of-way acquisition summer 2018 with construction complete in 2021. [UPDATE: According to NCDOT, the date for the start of right-of-way acquisition has changed to June 2019.]

Concerns (read our official position statement):

  • Unnecessary
  • Damaging
  • Incompatible
    • Flat Rock is not a suburb of Hendersonville—we are an historic rural community that must be protected against unnecessary encroachment.
    • We are primarily a resort/rural community that wants to maintain the character of our village. Creating a cut-through for the rest of Henderson County on N. Highland Lake Road destroys a substantial part of that character.
    • NCDOT has failed to follow their own design guidelines for context sensitive solutions on this project.
    • The village bought the park property in part to protect one of the main entrances into Flat Rock. This road project undercuts that rationale.

Media coverage:

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  1. I agree with Mckenny Ben. There hasn’t been any recent coverage from the Times News or the Lightening— even the protesters standing in the rain with placards, or the outcries at Village Council meetings.. Let’s put in print what the Council thoughts are on the disastrous effect this project will have on the area and what it will do to the future of Flat Rock. If it goes through, watch for Highland Lake Road to look more like Upward and then be extended across the Greenville Highway to connect to Kanuga. The local Transportation Advisory Committee has wanted that for years. This is their big opportunity if we let even ONE PART of he project be accepted. ESPECIALLY not another cut for a new Park entrance. That has to be opposed at all costs. Just what we need there!—a road going across the park to connect with the existing parking lot that is already HUGE. Look at the plan. It shows ANOTHER large parking lot right along the road. What an eyesore! How can we have such a nice park and allow all of that asphalt to ruin it? Where is our common sense?


  2. has anybody remembered that over 1700 residents voted against this and it still passed ya lets vote the same mayor and counsel in again so more damage can be done hypocrites


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