US 221 Business (Rutherford Road) Widening
NCDOT TIP # U-5835
Project Type: Road widening
Affected Counties: McDowell
Estimated Cost: $ 10,820,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen to three lanes a 1.5-mile section of US 221 Business (Rutherford Road) from U.S. 221/NC 226 South intersection to Georgia Avenue near the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rutherford.
New construction will include a middle turn lane, curb and gutter, and a sidewalk along the east side of the road.
The NCDOT asserts that widening will help improve traffic and reduce traffic collisions, as well as improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Residents have mixed feelings about the project. While some are in favor of the projected improvements, other property owners affected have expressed concerns about the lengthy timeframe of construction and its potential effects on their businesses and homes.
- McDowell News: DOT holds meeting about Rutherford Road widening project
- McDowell News: Tuesday meeting offers info on Rutherford Road widening
- Right-of-way acquisition – 2019
- Start Construction – 2021
- End Construction – 2022
It is estimated that more than 50 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently, the NCDOT has set aside $1,570,000 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.