NC 115 Road Widening from US 421 to 2nd Street
NCDOT TIP # R-5759
Project Type: Roadway Widening
Affected Counties: Wilkes
Estimated Cost: $ 39,255,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen the 3-mile stretch of NC 115 (Statesville Road) between US 421 and the Yadkin River in North Wilkesboro. The goal of the widening is to provide better transportation routes to residents, and local officials believe the NC 115 project is important because it would enhance access from US 421 to the Wilkesboros.
A 16-foot left turn lane will be provided in some areas, and the proposed improvements include 4-foot bike lanes. A sidewalk will be added to the south side of NC 115 within the North Wilkesboro City limits. The project will convert much of this section of NC 115 to a superstreet design, meaning left turns will be reduced and largely limited to one of the seven U-turn bulb-outs.
Some intersections will be upgraded to roundabouts to improve traffic flow. Four traffic roundabouts are proposed: One at N.C. 115 and Armory Road/Old U.S. 421, one at N.C. 115 and Speedway Boulevard, and a roundabout on each side of the US 421 interchange. Roundabouts tend to increase traffic efficiency and reduce collision risk due to eliminating right-angle and left-turning conflicts. Two options to better facilitate school-bound traffic are under consideration to increase safety, reduce traffic delays, and enhance access to the Wright Elementary School.
However, numerous businesses and homeowners’ lives will be disrupted as a result. Some home and business owners may be forced to move to make way for the widened highway.
- Road goals updated in draft plan
- Superstreet in draft state plan
- NCDOT: Timetable for 105 widening accelerated
- Right-of-way acquisition – 2019
- Start Construction – 2020
- End Construction – 2023
It is estimated that more than 120 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $5,900,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.