Article Published: Sep. 8, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 8, 2011
The U.S. 421
widening project continues to slow commutes, as state and town
contractors work to put last minute touches on the highway.
to be completed by the end of October, the widening project isn’t just
about state resources, Boone Public Works director Blake Brown said.
Currently, his team is busily working on installing 75 streetlights at a
town cost of $711,000.
He said contractors have been
installing the conduit to prepare for the lights, and he hopes to have
the lights installed by mid-September.
funded elements include a water-sewer line, decorative brick fencing,
the median and underground electrical conduits for telephone and
According to town finance
director Amy Davis, the funds, which come from the town’s general fund,
are expected to exceed $1.8 million.
widens 1.1 miles of U.S. 421 to a four- to six-lane divided highway with
a raised concrete median from U.S. 321 (Hardin Street) to east of N.C.
194 (Jefferson Road).