Project Map
NC 105 Widening Project Map
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Avery,Watauga
  • Type of Project: Widening
  • STIP Number: R-2566
  • Estimated Cost: $103 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: Right-of-Way Acquisition May 2015* (Sect. B); Construction March 2018* (Sect. B); (*) Dates are tentative and subject to change. Section A is currently unscheduled.
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Widen 14.6 miles of N.C. 105 from U.S. 221 in Linville to the N.C. 105 Bypass (State Road 1107) in Boone. The road will be widened from a two-lane undivided to a four-lane divided highway with a 23-foot-wide raised grass median. Click the link below to view the project location map.

News and Updates

Three citizens’ informational workshops have been scheduled to present the N.C. 105 Improvements project to the local communities. Large maps showing the proposed project limits will be on display, and the NCDOT project team will be available to answer questions and provide more information. Citizens can turn in comments through Sept. 30.

  • Monday, Aug. 22, 4 to 7 p.m. Foscoe Grandfather Community Center, 233 Park Road, Banner Elk.
  • Monday, Aug. 29, 4 to 7 p.m. Linville Volunteer Fire Department, 590 N.C. 105, Linville.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30, 4 to 7 p.m. La Quinta Inn & Suites Boone, 165 N.C. 105 Extension, Boone.

The August 2011 newsletter announces the public workshops and provides some preliminary information about the project. For a PDF of the newsletter, click the link below.

To be added to our mailing list, see the Contact Information section.

Project Overview and Purpose

N.C. 105 is a designated state Scenic Byway, but it is often congested because of high truck volumes and tourist traffic, including many travelers who stop to visit shops along the road. The purpose of this project is to reduce traffic congestion by widening N.C. 105. These improvements also are expected to make the road safer for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists using N.C. 105.

Along most of the project corridor, the two-lane road will be widened to four lanes with a 23-foot-wide raised grass median. The median will be narrowed to 4 feet wide in some areas to reduce impacts.

Click the link below for a sketch of what the road might look like with the 23- and 4-foot medians, although the shoulder width will vary along the corridor depending on how steep the mountain is in a particular area.

Curb and gutter will be added in some of the more populated areas. The bridge that carries N.C. 105 over the Watauga River north of the Broadstone Road (S.R. 1112) intersection is recommended for replacement as part of this project. Improvements to N.C. 105 also may include space for bicyclists (such as a wider shoulder or bike lane) and safer pedestrian crosswalks.

Contact Information

Elmo Vance
Project Development Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 707-6048
  • Address: 1548 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.