U.S. 221 Widening

Fast Facts

Project #: R-2915
Type: Widening
Affected Counties: Watauga, Ashe
Estimated Cost: $154,710,928

Description:

This project proposes to widen 16.1 miles of U.S. 221 (currently a two-lane road) to a four-lane divided highway. The project will begin at U.S. 421 in Deep Gap and end at the U.S. 221 Business/NC 88 intersection in Jefferson.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the main purposes of this project are to improve the traffic flow and reduce crash rates.

The project is divided into five different sections and plans to begin with sections A, B and D.

The NCDOT has budgeted roughly $34 million for right-of-way acquisitions, $2 million for utilities and $118 for construction.

Here's a video of our recent interview with the Mountain Television Network on this project:

Latest News

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Project Schedule

Right-of-Way Acquisition

  • Sections A/B — July 2013
  • Section C — April 2014
  • Section D — September 2013
  • Section E — after 2023

Construction

  • Sections A/B — July 2015
  • Section C — February 2017
  • Section D — September 2015
  • Section E -after 2023

Property Takings

The NCDOT reports that 70 residents and 33 businesses will be forced to relocate, in addition to those who will lose portions of their property. Right-of-way acquisitions are scheduled to begin in July 2013.