Asheville - The proposed widening of a section of N.C. 105 will be a hot topic of a public meeting in Watauga County next Monday night.
The purpose of the proposed project is to improve traffic flow and safety on a 4.5-mile stretch of N.C. 105 between Foscoe and Boone. The proposal includes widening the highway to three lanes - adding a southbound passing lane from Old Shull's Mill Road to BroadStone, and making it four lanes with a 23-foot wide median from Broadstone Road to the N.C. 105 Bypass.
Old Shull's Mills Road intersects N.C. 105 in two locations within the corridor. The proposal includes realigning the southern intersection and closing the northern intersection. Replacing the bridge on N.C. 105 over the Watauga River is also part of this study but is funded separately and will be constructed sooner than other improvements.
The public meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute. Maps of the project will be displayed and transportation representatives will be available to answer questions and take comments during the meeting, which will not include a formal presentation.
Individuals may attend at any time and all comments will be considered for the final design process. Comments must be submitted to officials during the meeting or by Dec. 5, 2016.
Maps displaying the preliminary design of the preferred alternative and a copy of the Environmental Assessment are also available for public review at the DOT Division 11 Office at 801 Statesville Road in North Wilkesboro, and the High Country Rural Planning Organization Office at 468 New Market Boulevard in Boone.
Copies of the maps and the environmental assessment are also available on the project website, while Public Hearing Maps also are available online at: https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings/.
For additional information, contact Jamille Robbins, Public Involvement Group Leader, NCDOT Human Environment Section at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone at (919) 707-6085, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Robbins as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.