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: Section A: Unscheduled - Section B: 2022
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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

Since the 2011 citizens’ informational workshops, NCDOT has continued the planning phase of this project. New traffic forecasts were completed in May 2012, and the project team is analyzing the existing and future traffic conditions. A range of alternatives are currently being studied:

  • NCDOT is considering reducing the limits of the project to only improve the northern section, from Foscoe to Boone.
  • An alternative will be studied to widen NC 105 to four lanes.
  • Other improvements may be studied in the sections that are not widened to four lanes, such as paving shoulders, adding passing lanes, and adding turn lanes.

The next steps are to complete the traffic analysis and begin design on the alternatives. Once preliminary designs are completed, NCDOT will hold another public meeting.

Project Highlights

Public Involvement

Public Involvement is an important part of the project development process. NCDOT encourages citizen involvement with transportation projects and will consider public suggestions and address their concerns. Three citizens’ informational workshops were held in August 2011 to present the N.C. 105 Improvements project to the local communities. The August 2011 newsletter provided 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 Development Process

The N.C. 105 Improvement Project uses federal funds. Any agency that proposes a project involving federal funds must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is a law that requires federally funded projects to consider the environmental impacts of their proposals. A major part of the NEPA process is the preparation of an environmental document. An environmental assessment (EA) will be prepared for this project.

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.