Asheville - Drivers who use a section of U.S. 74 in Haywood County will be taking a slightly different route starting on Monday, July 11.
An N.C. Department of Transportation contractor will close the exit ramp off U.S. 74 East at mile marker 104 as well as on the on-ramp from Business 19/23 in order to improve the area.
The work to install drainage, improve paving and create new concrete curb and gutters is expected to take one week. It is part of a bigger project to improve N.C. 209 between U.S 19/23 Business and Foxwood Drive.
Traffic exiting the highway will be detoured to Exit 105 (Jones Cove Road) then take Hospital Drive to Business 19/23, and then back to U.S. 74 East. Drivers from the local area heading to U.S. 74 East will take Hospital Drive to U.S. 74 East.
Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution and be mindful of crews working alongside the highway when traveling through the area.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.
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