NCDOT has announced that a portion of 421 in Boone will get bike lanes, after revisting the idea. The section from Hardin Street to Old East King Street will get dedicated four and five foot wide lanes that will be marked on both sides of the highway, according to the Watauga Democrat .
Only a small portion in front of the Penny Wise gas station will not be wide enough for bike lanes.
Until this month, the plans for the widening project did not include bike lanes, instead opting for wider outside lanes to be shared by cyclists and motorists. A draft copy of pavement marking plans for the project indicates the plans were revised Feb. 6 to include bike lanes the paper reports. The revised plans have not received final approval.
The marking of bike lanes will take place when the contractor pours the final layer of pavement this spring.