from the N.C. Department of Transportation
joined state and local leaders today in Rutherford County to cut the ribbon on
the Hicks Grove Road project, which will provide access into the Horsehead
Corporation's new zinc and diversified metals production facility near Forest
"This project is a great example of our efforts to better
leverage our transportation infrastructure to create jobs and support economic
development," said David Brown, the NCDOT Board Member representing Division
13, which includes Rutherford County.
The Horsehead plant represents one of the largest recent
corporate investment projects in North Carolina. The plant is expected to
create 250 new jobs in an economically depressed area, and is scheduled to
begin operations this fall.
The $4 million project was opened to traffic on June 12. It
involved closing and relocating Hicks Grove Road to provide a new half-mile
long access road from U.S. 221 into the new facility. A new, wider bridge was
also constructed over CSX Railroad that will be able to better accommodate heavier
vehicles accessing the new plant.
Funding for the project came from NCDOT, the Appalachian
Regional Commission, the Golden Leaf Foundation and Horsehead Corporation.
NCDOT was responsible for the project planning, while the
project was designed by Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers and constructed
by Devere Construction Co.
Learn more about the Horsehead Corporation's investment in
Rutherford County here.