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NCDOT starts $1.5 project to add 2 left turn lanes at corner of Patton and NLH
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 22:33

From Staff Reports

Construction began Sept. 3 on two left-turn lanes that will be added at the busy intersection of Patton Avenue and New Leicester Highway in West Asheville, according to a press release from N.C. Department of Transportation.

Any roadwork requiring a lane closure will occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

The project is expected to be finished by mid-November.

NCDOT said that the improvements will include the additions of:

• A left-turn lane from eastbound Patton Avenue to New Leicester Highway by narrowing and shifting the median and reconfiguring the lanes

• A third left-turn lane from New Leicester Highway to Patton Avenue will be added by widening the west side of the road and reconfiguring the lanes. 

Drivers who have suffered through waits for long red lights at that intersection may be pleased to learn the project also will include upgrades to the traffic signal system. 

It will “include a camera on a central system that will help move traffic through the intersection,” the release noted.

Also, new storm drainage will be added. 

“This will be a much-needed project for the more than 30,000 drivers who drive through this intersection every day,” Division 13 Construction Engineer Randy McKinney said in the press release. 

“This is a project that NCDOT will be glad to have underway. This is a very busy intersection and these improvements will reduce congestion and decrease the amount of time motorists spend waiting at the intersection.”

The contractor for the $1.5 million project is Wright Brothers Construction.


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