Project Map
Project Map

Project Area Map

Section A

Section B

Section C

Section D

Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Watauga and Ashe
  • Type of Project: Widening
  • STIP Number: R-2915 (sections A, B, C, D and E)
  • Estimated Cost: $154,710,928
  • Start Date: Summer 2015
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Description

NCDOT plans to widen U.S. 221 from U.S. 421 in Watauga County to U.S. 221 Business/N.C. 88 in Jefferson from two to four lanes. The 16.1-mile project is designed to improve traffic flow, reduce the number of crashes and increase regional connectivity along this highly traveled corridor.

News and Updates

Updated: July 10, 2015

Right-of-way acquisition for Section D was completed in July 2015. Aquisition for Sections A, B, and C is currently in progress.

A contract was awarded for Section D on February 24, 2015. Construction began in March.

Sections A and B are scheduled to be let in September 2015.

NCDOT held a public meeting regarding the proposed project in December 2012.

Project Overview

NCDOT plans to widen 16.1 miles of U.S. 221 to a four-lane roadway divided by a median from U.S. 421 in Deep Gap to the U.S. 221 Business/N.C. 88 intersection in Jefferson. This project will increase traffic capacity, alleviate congestion and reduce traffic crashes.

Project Section Details

Section A

  • County: Watauga/Ashe
  • Right of Way: In progress
  • Let Date: 9/15/2015
  • Description: U.S. 421 to Idlewild Rd.
  • Length: 2.8 miles
  • Cost: $25.6 million

Section B

  • County: Ashe
  • Right of Way: In progress
  • Let Date: 9/15/2015
  • Description: Idlewild Rd. to north of South Fork New River
  • Length: 1.8 miles
  • Cost: $21.3 million

Section C

  • County: Ashe
  • Right of Way: In progress
  • Let Date: 2/21/2017
  • Description: South Fork New river to south of N.C. 194
  • Length: 4.0 miles
  • Cost: $45.0 million

Section D

  • County: Ashe
  • Right of Way: Completed July 2015
  • Let Date: 2/17/2015
  • Description: South of N.C. 194 to north of N.C. 163
  • Length: 4.0 miles
  • Cost: $26.0 million

Section E

  • County: Ashe
  • Right of Way: 2017
  • Let Date: 2019
  • Description: N.C. 163 to U.S. 221 Business/N.C. 88 in Jefferson
  • Length: 3.5 miles
  • Cost: $15.4 million

Contact Information

For questions, contact:

Trent Beaver, PE
Division 11 Construction Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (336) 903-9117
  • Address: P.O. Box 250, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

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.