Ideas Sought in Early Stage of West Jefferson Improvement, Meeting Set For Thoughts On South Jefferson Street

NORTH WILKESBORO – A proposed project to increase the safety of drivers along South Jefferson Avenue in Ashe County is in its infancy.

The project rose through the State Transportation Improvement Program to the funding stage based on a need for intersection improvements on U.S. 221 Business between N.C. 194 and Beaver Creek School Road. The initial idea is to restrict all movements to right turns in and out of businesses and restaurants in order to accommodate traffic concerns and address safety issues.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will introduce the project and be soliciting ideas during a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the West Jefferson Town Hall. Citizens may drop in at any time. No presentations will be made regarding the project, which is slated to start right of way acquisition in 2023.

“We want to know what people think would work best in this area,” Division 11 Project Manager Ramie Shaw said. “We want people to have as much input as possible as early as possible.”

Comments may be submitted at the meeting, or via phone, email or mail through Aug. 10. Contact Shaw at [email protected], 336-903-9134 or 801 Statesville Road, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659. Project information and materials can be viewed as they become available online at www.NCDOT.gov/Projects/PublicMeetings.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Caitlyn Ridge at [email protected] or 919-707-6091 as early as possible so arrangements can be made.

Persons who speak Spanish and have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

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