SYLVA — A major construction project in Cherokee County may begin as early as September.
The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $22.7 million contract to Wright Brothers Construction of Charleston, Tenn., to improve a 1.2-mile stretch of U.S 19/64/74/129 in Murphy.
The project will improve the commercial corridor in Murphy by widening the outside lanes to 14 feet while improving the 12-foot wide inside lanes and center turn lanes. A five-foot-wide sidewalk will be added on the north side of the ridge, and drainage improvements will be made.
The contractor may begin work on Sept. 16, and the contract calls for completion by April 13, 2022.
“We have worked closely and diligently with leaders in Murphy and Cherokee County to finally bring this project to construction,” Division 14 Engineer Brian Burch said. “This project will bring much needed safety benefits for drivers and pedestrians along this stretch of highway while protecting the economic viability of the corridor.
“Wright Brothers have been great construction partners in the past and I know all parties look forward to getting construction started soon.”
This is one of six road and bridge projects recently awarded by NCDOT, at a cost of nearly $53.8 million.