N.C. 107 Update: NCDOT Anticipates Improving Existing N.C. 107 Before Considering Construction of N.C. 107 Connector Thursday, June 27, 2013

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.

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