The continued widening of U.S. 221 and several other highway improvements are included in the N.C. Department of Transportation 10-year State Transportation Improvement Plan.
Included in this plan for Ashe County includes, continued work on US 221 all sections including section C from Baldwin to the New River and Section E through West Jefferson and Jefferson.
New projects that will be included in development and possibly construction include intersection improvements at U.S. Business 221 and Beaver Creek School Road and improvements to N.C. 88 from Jefferson to Warrensville. Also included in the plan are several bridge replacements in the county including a Hartzogford, Teaberry and Campbell roads.
The ongoing widening of U.S. 221 from U.S. 421 in Deep Gap to U.S. 221 Business/N.C. 88 has already demanded a lion share of resources and commitment from the DOT.
The 16.1-mile project is designed to improve traffic flow, increase capacity to reduce the number of crashes and increase regional connectivity along the highly traveled corridor, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Much of the widening involves smoothing out curves and reducing grade incline, which provide a greater sight distance for all motorists, according to www.ncdot.gov.
Altogether, the project consists of five sections and will cost an estimated $154.7 million. The project began in the summer of 2015.
The three active projects are either on or ahead of schedule, said the DOT.
About the plan
The Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program is made up of 1,421 projects, including 298 non-highway projects in every county across the state.
Projects in the draft plan were determined based on strategic prioritization at the statewide, regional and division levels.