NC 191 Road Widening (Mountain Road to NC 280)
NCDOT TIP # R-2588B
Project Type: Road widening
Affected Counties: Henderson
Estimated Cost: $ 48,500,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen to four lanes, 4.5 miles of NC 191 from Mountain Road in Hendersonville to NC 280, south of Mills River. The lanes will be 11-feet wide with a 17.5-foot median, five-foot bike lanes, and curb and gutters.
NCDOT reports show that crashes in this area, (257 per million vehicle miles) are well above the statewide average of 197 crashes per million. Experts suggest that these improvements will help foster safety, reduce traffic congestion, and improve drainage ditches and other structures.
Many residents along NC 191 are opposed to the project, however. They fear losing their land, homes, businesses and their quality of life. It is anticipated that approximately 90 property owners will be affected. Some have suggested this project is “overkill” for the rural area, thus the slogan “Just say NO to 4 lane in Mills River.”
- Hendersonville Times-News: So much for rural character
- Hendersonville Times-News: Sound reasoning on 191 project
- Hendersonville Times–News: NC 191 widening plan adjusted to impact fewer homes
- ABC News13 WLOS: Some Mills River residents oppose NC-191 widening plan
- WHKP Radio: NC Dot discusses plans for widening Highway 191 from Mountain Road to 280 Intersection
- Right-of-way acquisition – 2019
- Start Construction – 2021
- End Construction – 2023
It is estimated that approximately 90 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently, the NCDOT has set aside $5,000,000 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.