Final step in 421 widening under way

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Article Published: May. 21, 2012 | Modified: May. 21, 2012
Final step in 421 widening under way

Workers from Blythe Development of Charlotte work on the final stages of the U.S. 421 widening project. Blythe is expected to put down the final layer of pavement and install permanent pavement markings, weather permitting, throughout the week and Memorial Day weekend, meaning motorists should expect delays.

Photo by Lindsey Hamby

Motorists can expect slowdowns on U.S. 421 (East King Street) in Boone, starting Monday, May 21, as N.C. Department of Transportation contractor Blythe Development of Charlotte puts down the final layer of pavement and installs permanent pavement markings, weather permitting.

This work is the final step in the widening of U.S. 421 from Hardin Street to N.C. 194 east of downtown Boone that began in July 2009. The contractor will work over the entire Memorial Day weekend. The project is anticipated to be complete by mid-July.

Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $15.2 million project included widening lanes and realigning intersections to improve traffic flow on U.S. 421 heading east out of Boone toward Wilkes County.

For more information regarding this project, contact resident engineer Doug Eller at (828) 265-5088.

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