Paving is set to begin on King Street/421 on Monday. A construction official tells WataugaRoads.com that paving is slated to start at Wood Circle (below Pennywise/SAKS Grill) in the southbound lanes before coming back northbound toward Boone.
After that is complete other paving work will take place on King Street near Earth Fare.
Paving operations have been postponed at least two times, once due to late April snow and again for ASU graduation weekend.
Work should be complete in about 2 weeks once crews can start which again is scheduled for Monday.
**Friday Update from NCDOT**
Motorists can expect slowdowns on U.S. 421 (East King Street) in Boone starting Monday, May 21, as N.C. Department of Transportation contractor Blythe Development of Charlotte puts down the final layer of pavement and installs permanent pavement markings, weather permitting.
This work is the final step in the widening of U.S. 421 from Hardin Street to N.C. 194 east of downtown Boone that began in July 2009. The contractor will work over the entire Memorial Day weekend. The project is anticipated to be complete by mid-July.
Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $15.2 million project included widening lanes and realigning intersections to improve traffic flow on U.S. 421 heading east out of Boone toward Wilkes County.
For more information regarding this project, please contact Resident Engineer Doug Eller at (828) 265-5088.