NC 268 Widening
Project # R-2603
Type: Widening, Roadway Improvements
Affected Counties: Wilkes
Estimated Cost: $28.7 million
This North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) project proposes to widen 2.9 miles of NC 268 from its existing multi-lane section east of NC 18 to SR 1966 (Airport Road). The design includes a divided, landscaped median and bike lanes
About 0.7 miles of the existing multi-lane section from NC 18 to a point near Shaver Street would also get an upgrade, including replacing the drainage structures, curb and gutter and resurfacing the area.
The purpose of the project is to alleviate congestion and improve the general flow of traffic for locals and those just passing through the area.
According to the NCDOT, rear-end collisions are the most common type of collision along this stretch of NC 268 and those numbers are often indicative of congested traffic conditions.
This project was ranked fourth on a list of 40 projects for Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Yancey, Mitchell and Watauga counties, according to the Journal Patriot.
- Wilkes Journal Patriot: “ROW acquisition process for 268 East work starts“
- Winston-Salem Journal: “Meeting to address eminent domain regarding highway expansion project”
Wilkes Journal Patriot: “Highway Priorities Considered“
Construction is slated to begin in May, 2015.
Right-of-way acquisition is currently underway. It is projected that as many as 120 properties could lose part, or all, of their land for the project. The budget for property takings is set at $9 million.
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