(DOT Press Release Aug 8, 2011)
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold three public meetings called citizens’ informational workshops in August for the proposed N.C. 105 widening project in Avery and Watauga counties.
The informal meetings will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the following locations:
Monday, Aug. 22 – Foscoe Grandfather Community Center, 233 Park Road, Banner Elk;
Monday, Aug. 29 – Linville Volunteer Fire Department (2nd floor), 590 N.C. 105, Linville; and
Tuesday, Aug. 30 – La Quinta Inn & Suites Boone (Grandfather Ballroom) 165 N.C. 105 Extension, Boone.
NCDOT representatives will be available in an informal setting to answer questions and gather public input regarding the proposed project. The opportunity to submit written comments or questions will be provided. Citizens may attend at any time during the meetings. There will not be a formal presentation, and the same information will be available at each workshop.
NCDOT proposes to widen N.C. 105 to a four-lane roadway divided by a median from U.S. 221 in Linville to the N.C. 105 Bypass in Boone. In addition, the bridge that carries N.C. 105 over the Watauga River north of the Broadstone Road intersection may be replaced as part of this project.
The 14.6-mile project, which will reduce traffic congestion and provide a safer highway, is broken into two sections. Section A begins at U.S. 221 in Linville in Avery County and ends at Clarks Creek Road in Foscoe in Watauga County. It is currently unfunded and does not have scheduled right-of-way acquisition or construction dates.
Section B begins at Clarks Creek Road and ends at the N.C. 105 Bypass. This section is funded, with right-of-way acquisition scheduled to begin in May 2015 and construction scheduled to begin in March 2018. The relocation of homes and businesses will be required on both sections of the project.