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Boone installs lights for U.S. 421

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.

Anticipated 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.

Other town funded elements include a water-sewer line, decorative brick fencing, the median and underground electrical conduits for telephone and electrical service.

According to town finance director Amy Davis, the funds, which come from the town’s general fund, are expected to exceed $1.8 million.

The project 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).

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