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Originally published: 2013-12-18 11:26:30
Last modified: 2013-12-18 11:27:57

Highway 105 widening project on hold

Caroline Harris / (

The Highway 105 widening project is still on hold pending more analysis of traffic measurements.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is proposing to widen 14.6 miles of Highway 105, beginning at Highway 221 in Linville and ending at the Highway 105 Bypass in Boone. The road would be widened from a two-lane highway to a four-lane highway with a median.

The purpose of the project is to reduce traffic congestion between Linville and Boone caused by trucks and tourist traffic, making the road safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The plan promises to ease traffic delays, create easier access to residences, businesses and tourist attractions and allow for faster emergency response. 

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