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
NC 105 Widening Project Logo


At the time of the public meetings in 2011, the project extended from U.S. 221 in Linville to N.C. 105 Bypass in Boone (Sections A and B). The new project limits are for Section B only, from Clarks Creek Road east of Foscoe to N.C. 105 Bypass in Boone (4.5 miles). Within Section B, improvements are recommended for 4.5 miles of the corridor, from the southern Old Shulls Road/N.C. 105 intersection to N.C. 105 Bypass.

Why Has It Changed? The traffic forecast was re-evaluated in 2012, and the new forecast does not project sufficient future (2040) traffic volumes between Linville and Foscoe to justify improvements on that section at this time. Existing traffic volumes have dropped due to the recession, and projections are lower because of a corresponding slow-down in development in the region. The new traffic volumes continue to show a need for improvements east of Foscoe. The project limits and proposed improvements have been changed to reflect the anticipated future need.

Based on current traffic projections, historic crash data, and anticipated use of the road, 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 meeting was held on Tuesday, June 16 at the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute in 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, and the project team explained the changes since the last public meetings in 2011.

May 2015

A newsletter detailing the changes to the limits of the project was mailed to residents.

August 2011

Three citizens’ informational workshops were held to present details of the project to the local communities. The August 2011 newsletter provided some preliminary information about the project (Sections A and B).

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). 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

Elmo Vance
Project Development Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 707-6048
  • Address: 1548 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

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.