Project Map
NC 105 Widening Project Map
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Watauga
  • Type of Project: Road widening and bridge replacement
  • STIP Number: R-2566
  • Estimated Cost: $49.3 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: Section BA: 2018; Section B: 2022
  • Start Date: Section BA: (Watauga River Bridge):2019; Section B: 2022
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The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to improve 4.5 miles of N.C. 105 between Foscoe and Boone. N.C. 105 will be widened to three lanes – adding a southbound passing lane – from Old Shull’s Mill Road to Broadstone Road, and to four lanes with a 23-foot wide raised median from Broadstone Road to N.C. 105 Bypass.

Six-foot pave shoulders will be added along the entire 4.5-mile corridor. The 1-mile corridor from Clark’s Creek Road to Old Shull’s Mill Road also was studied, but it was determined that no improvements are needed along that section.

The purposes of the project are:

  • To reduce congestion on N.C. 105 for commuters and visitors
  • To reduce rear-end and run-off road crashes
  • To improve bicycle facilities in areas where capacity or safety improvements are proposed


This project proposed improvements from Old Shulls Mill Road east of Foscoe to the N.C. 105 Bypass (State Road 1107) in Boone, approximately 4.5 miles.

Below are artistic renderings of what the road might look like in cross-section. The shoulder widths and retaining wall heights will vary along the corridor depending on how steep the mountain is in a particular area.

Between Old Shulls Mill Road and Broadstone Road, improvements include extending the existing passing lane further to the south, improving the southern Old Shulls Mill Road/N.C. 105 intersection, closing the northern Old Shulls Mill Road/N.C. 105 intersection, and paving the shoulders.

Between Broadstone Road and N.C. 105 Bypass, improvements include widening to four lanes with a 23-foot wide raised grass median and widening and paving the shoulders.

The bridge that carries N.C. 105 over the Watauga River north of the Broadstone Road intersection will be replaced as part of this project (Section BA). The current schedule (listed below) anticipates constructing the bridge before the rest of the road.

News and Updates

A public hearing will be held Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, 372 Community College Drive in Boone. The hearing will be an informal open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Interested individuals may attend any time during the above hours.

The Environmental Assessment has been completed and is available here (21MB) for review.

Maps of the proposed project that will be on view at the public hearing are listed below:

Hard copies of the document and the public hearing maps are available at the following locations:

  • NCDOT Division 11 Office, 801 Statesville Road, North Wilkesboro
  • High Country Rural Planning Organization Office, 468 New Market Boulevard, Boone

Project Highlights

Public Involvement

Public involvement is an important part of the project development process. NCDOT encourages citizen involvement with transportation projects and will consider public suggestions and address concerns. Contact Us to get on our mailing list.

N.C. 105 Improvements Photo Gallery

June 2015

Detailed designs were presented at the public meeting on June 16, 2015, and the project team explained the changes since the last public meetings in 2011.

May 2015

The project limits were shortened to just Section B, 5.5 miles from Clark’s Creek Road in Foscoe to N.C. 105 Bypass in Boone. The dropped segment, Section A from Linville to Foscoe, may be studied at a future time if warranted as traffic volumes grow. A newsletter (see below) detailing the changes to the limits of the project was mailed to residents.

August 2011

Three public meetings were held to present details of the project to the local communities. The August 2011 newsletter (see below) provided some preliminary information about the project (Sections A and B from Linville to Boone).

Project Development Process

The N.C. 105 Improvement Project uses federal funds. Any agency that proposes a project involving federal funds must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA is a law that requires federally funded projects to consider the environmental impacts of their proposals. A major part of the NEPA process is the preparation of an environmental document. An environmental assessment (EA) will be prepared for this project.

Contact Information

Eugene Tarascio
Project Development Engineer
(919) 707-6046
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Bryan Key, P.E.
Roadway Design Engineer
(919) 707-6263
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Michael Pettyjohn, P.E.
Division 11 Engineer
(336) 667-9111
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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.