skip to main
Close Menu

U.S. 221 Widening

​​​​​​Project Overview

Work is underway to widen U.S. 221 from U.S. 421 in Deep Gap to U.S. 221 Business/N.C. 88 in Jefferson to a four-lane median-divided highway.

The 16.1-mile project is designed to improve traffic flow, increase capacity, reduce the number of crashes, and increase regional connectivity (easier travel for larger vehicles) along this highly traveled corridor.  

U.S. 221 is key to the High Country and connecting Boone with Jefferson. It is the main corridor into Ashe County for commuters and commercial vehicles. Ashe County is the largest producer of Christmas trees in the nation and is home to a GE Aviation plant.

Much of the widening involves smoothing out curves and reducing grade inclines, which will provide greater sight distances​ for drivers.

3/29/2022 8:26 AM