NC 105 Upgrades
NCDOT TIP # U-5603
Project Type: Road Upgrades
Affected Counties: Watauga
Estimated Cost: $ 10,590,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to upgrade a 2.1-mile section of NC 105 from the intersection of Blowing Rock Road (US 321) to just past the NC 105 Bypass intersection.
The new road can loosely be termed a “Superstreet,” as the design is intended to help traffic flow more easily and limit the number of left turns that drivers make across traffic lanes. As such, one of the most significant changes is that drivers will no longer be able to turn left off of the NC 105 Bypass. Drivers wanting to turn left off of the bypass will have to first turn right and make a U-turn at one of the bulb outs. There will still be a stoplight on NC 105 for drivers heading north and south.
Two right-turn lanes off of Poplar Grove Road and three turning lanes off the Highway 105 Bypass will also be added. Additional lanes to accommodate the U-turn lanes will be added on Highway 105.
Upgrades are intended to reduce the current mixed use of US 421 by local and through traffic, improve connectivity between US 321 and NC 105, and to improve overall traffic flow and safety.
- Right-of-way acquisition - 2019
- Start Construction - 2020
- End Construction - 2021
It is estimated that more than 25 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $4,100,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (two of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.