Local Roads Selected For State Transportation Improvement Plan (2018-09-07 15:31:00)

Several High Country road projects have been selected as part of a preliminary draft of the State Transportation Improvement Program.

The Watauga Democrat reports the draft plan for Watauga County includes a $1.5 million roundabout at the intersection of Poplar Grove Connecter and U.S. 421 west of downtown Boone, $2 million for realigning multiple offset intersections along Deerfield Road and Meadowview Road and $12.5 million for the widening of U.S. 421 from the Vilas junction with U.S. 321 to the Tennessee state line.

Avery County was allocated just over $12 million for the Tynecastle Highway from N.C. 105 to Banner Elk.

Ashe County was allocated $2.8 million for the South Jefferson Avenue and Beaver Creek School Road intersection.

According to the report, construction for each project will start between 2025 and 2029.

The final State Transportation Improvement Program is expected to be adopted by the North Carolina Board of Transportation in the summer of 2019.