The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans on making several improvements to an intersection just west of Lincolnton.
Replacing several bridges in the west is also planned.
The improvements to the intersection of N.C. 27 West, N.C. 182 and Hershel Lackey Road were endorsed and supported by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during a meeting earlier this month.
DOT will spend more than $230,000 on the improvements, which include installing two turn lanes and a traffic signal where the roads intersect.
In addition, N.C. 182 and Hershel Lackey Road will be realigned.
DOT decided improvements were needed at the intersection, a county resolution says, and it is hoped the traffic light and new turn lanes will help improve traffic flow and safety.
Steve Richardson, county maintenance engineer, said he was not sure when the construction would begin. The state will likely determine the dates based on available funding.
The DOT will also be replacing several bridges in the western part of the county during the next few years, according to its Web site, www.ncdot.org.
Construction of a new bridge on Killian Road over Clark Creek will begin in 2006, according to the DOTâ€™s Web site. Construction cost is estimated at $1 million.
Two bridges over Howards Creek will also be replaced.
Work should start on the Reepsville Road bridge by 2008 and cost about $600,000, the Web site says.
The Wise Road bridge over Howards Creek will also see improvements, costing about $500,000. Right-of-way work will begin this year, and construction should start next year.
And on N.C. 182 over Indian Creek, a new bridge will be built sometime in 2008. That project is estimated to cost $900,000.
None of the projected costs include right-of-way work, which ranges from $50,000 for one of the Howards Creek bridges to $100,000 for Clark Creek.
DOTâ€™s Web site warns that construction is dependent on the availability of funds.
For more information, go to www.ncdot.org.
by Staff Reports