RALEIGH – The N.C.
Department of Transportation has been studying scenarios for improving traffic
flow on N.C. 107 through Sylva. Based on recent studies, NCDOT now anticipates
that it will continue planning to improve existing N.C. 107 from N.C.
116 (Webster Road) to U.S. 23 Business (Asheville Highway) in Sylva before
continuing planning on the N.C. 107 Connector. Therefore, NCDOT is now solely
focused on studying improvements to the existing N.C. 107 corridor before
studying the N.C. 107 Connector.
Local input played a role in the department’s decision. In
response to a community-based N.C. 107 Corridor Study completed in December
2012 and supporting resolutions from the Town of Sylva and Jackson County,
NCDOT began studying how to improve the road in a way that minimizes impacts to
surrounding businesses and better fits the context and vision of the local
area. NCDOT has determined that it will be feasible to design the project with
a reduced footprint while still improving the flow of traffic along N.C. 107.
Now, NCDOT engineers and consultants are examining how
implementing improvements to N.C. 107 would impact the area while they are under
construction. This will include an assessment of how to reduce the amount of
lane shifts and lane closures, manage access to the many businesses in the
corridor and expedite construction.
After evaluating how well the N.C. 107 improvements will
address congestion and mobility, the department will decide whether there is a
need for further study of the N.C. 107 Connector.