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State transportation officials plan to hold a public meeting on a proposed widening of N.C. 181 of less than a mile.

The widening of N.C. 181 is proposed to go from St. Mary’s Church Road to Clay Street and cost $10.9 million, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The public meeting is set from 4 - 7 p.m. on June 20 at Morganton City Hall. The city hall is located at 305 E . Union St., Suite A100, according to information from NCDOT.

No formal presentation will be made at the meeting and those attending can drop in at any time to ask questions of or give comments to NCDOT representatives who will be there, according to officials. Comments received, which should be submitted by July 7, will be taken into consideration as the project progresses, according to information from the transportation department.

According to transportation officials, the project’s purpose is to improve safety and mobility along N.C. 181/North Green Street. The road length proposed to be widened is 0.9 miles.

Right-of-ways are expected to be secured in 2020 and construction on the project should start in 2022.

The project was first announced as part of NCDOT’s 2018-27 transportation plan. The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the final plan in June.

Many of the Interstate 40 exits, or interchanges, in the 10-year plan for Burke County are slated within the first five years and are funded, transportation officials have said.

Other NCDOT projects that are part of its 10-year plan include:

» I-40 paving — 23.8 miles of road from mile marker 95.2 to mile marker 119 at a cost of $23.5 million. Construction would start in 2018.

» N . C . 181 Bost Road — Widen 2.8 miles to three lanes at a cost of $18.4 million. Planning/design is in progress and the right-of-ways would be secured in 2023 and construction would start in 2025.

» I-40 — Replace bridge over Berea Church Road at a cost of $7.2 million with construction expected to start this year.

» U.S. 64, Burkemont Road — Improve interchange at a cost of $1.41 million, plus another $250,000 already spent to do preliminary engineering. Transportation officials will start trying to get right-of-ways for the project in 2019 and construction should start in 2021.

» Exit 107 Drexel Road — Upgrade the interchange at a cost of $16.1 million, plus another $400,000 that’s already been spent on preliminary engineering. Right-of-ways should be secured in 2019 and construction will start in 2020.

» Exit 111 — Revise the interchange (Carolina Street, Valdese) at a cost of $3.61 million, plus an additional $250,000 for preliminary engineering. Right-of-ways will be secured in 2019 and construction will start in 2021.

» Exit 100 (Jamestown Road) — Upgrade interchange at a cost of $2.42 million, plus an additional $250,000 for preliminary engineering. Right-of-ways will be secured in 2018 and construction will start in 2020.

» Exit 112 (Mineral Springs Mountain Road, Eldred Street) — Construct interchange improvements at a cost of $16 million. Right-of-ways will be secured in 2022 and construction will start in 2024.

» Exit 116 (Old Highway N . C . 10) — Upgrade interchange and remove two-way traffic at a cost of $14.8 million. Right-of-ways would be secured in 2022 and construction would start in 2024.

To view a map of the proposed N.C. 181 widening, visit the NCDOT website at http://bit.ly/2raWDwc.

For additional information, contact Jimmy Terry, PE (TGS Engineers) at 704-476-0003 (ext . 314) or by email at jterry@tgsengineers.com. Those requiring special services for the meeting should contact Terry as early as possible so the arrangements can be made.

Sharon McBrayer is a staff writer and can be reached at smcbrayer@morganton.com or at 828-432-8946.

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