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— Highways and works of art are not usually associated with one another, but when the two intersect, it can make for a more beautiful and interesting drive. The N.C. Board of Transportation acknowledged the potential benefits of this relationship by adopting a policy to guide the placement of public art in rights of way owned by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Current examples of public art in a right of way include the imprints of leaves and mountains along a noise wall on I-40 in Asheville, a mural under I-240 in Asheville and decorative bridges over I-440 in Raleigh.

“Working with the arts community, NCDOT has developed guidelines that will allow the addition of unique and interesting features to our highways while not compromising motorists’safety,” said State Highway Administrator Terry Gibson.

According to the policy, there is potential for a wide range of art forms to exist in highway rights of way – including freestanding structures such as paintings, sculptures and obelisks, as well as design features placed on noise walls, sidewalks, bridges and bike paths.

The policy allows local government agencies to apply for the installation of art in a right of way once a local resolution has been adopted, and requires the agency to pay for its construction and maintenance.

Local agencies can request the installation of art on existing transportation structures such as roads, ferry sites and rest areas, or propose the installation as part of the planning and design of a project, such as the construction or rehabilitation of a new or existing bridge. NCDOT also supports the beautification of noise walls, and encourages local agencies to propose surface treatments and design elements for noise walls in their area.

For more information, contact Julia Merchant, Communications Officer, North Carolina Department of Transportation, at 919-733-2522


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