Highway widening proposed in Polk County


POLK COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – A new road project could impact more than two thousand drivers traveling through Polk County.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation wants to widen Highway 9 road between U.S. 74 and N.C 108 for $3.3 million.

They’re proposing a turn lane near the elementary school, widening the 10 ft lanes to 12 feet, and adding six foot wide paved shoulders.

NCDOT held a public meeting to get comments Tuesday. 

Officials said the project will impact 50 properties. 

β€œIt’s not necessary. It’s been like this for years with no problems,” said Resident Marsha Greene, who was in attendance. β€œIt’s their driving, not the roads, a lot of times.” 

Between 2012 and 2017, NCDOT said there were 20 crashes with property damage, 15 crashes with injuries, and 1 with a fatality.

“This section here in polk county is not up – not even close – to the current standards,” said NCDOT spokesman David Uchiyama, adding that the lanes are too small.  

NCDOT records show an average 2,600 vehicles used that part of Highway 9 each day in 2017. 

β€œYou can’t argue with the safety concern,” said resident Bobby Silvers. β€œThere is no paved shoulder so once you’re off the roadway itself you’re onto grass and of course that can be treacherous particularly for young drivers.”

People have until May 7th to submit comments for this project.

Click here to submit comments.

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