US 21 Widening
Project # R-3101
Type: Road Widening
Affected Counties: Alleghany
Estimated Cost: $21,000,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is in the process of widening 12 miles of US 21 in Alleghany County.
The stretch in question starts south, near Lake Louise at Oklahoma Road/Old Gap Road (SR 1100) in Roaring Gap, and extends north, past the High Meadows area, under the Blue Ridge Parkway, through Glade Valley and ends at Pine Swamp Road in Sparta (SR 1121).
Currently US 21 is a two-lane road with 10-15 foot lanes and two-foot grass shoulders. Under the new design, it will be upgraded to a 24 foot, two-lane facility, with two foot paved shoulders.
According to the NCDOT, "The project purpose is to improve the safety along US 21."
This safety issue is a result of expected increased traffic. In their 2004 study, the NCDOT predicted that US 21 will see 2,800-6,3000 more cars per day in 2030.
The project crosses numerous rivers and streams including Laurel Branch, Brush Creek and Little Glad Creek.
- Civitas Media - Motorists advised to expect delays as U.S. 21 widening continues
- The Alleghany News: "Long-term road plan shows three lanes for U.S. 21"
- Project Completion - expected March, 2018
$2,400,000 has been set aside for right of way takings, which are currently underway. 170 parcels (129 owners) will lose property, including homes, businesses, and a fire department.
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