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U.S. 23/74 public meeting rescheduled

A public meeting regarding improvements to U.S. 23/74 is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Harrell Center Auditorium at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center, 710 Lakeshore Drive. 

Impacts from Tropical Storm Fred postponed the meeting from Aug. 19. The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages residents to visit the NCDOT project page and submit comments.

Proposed improvements include replacing the two bridges on U.S. 23/74 over Richland Creek, widening the two bridges over Blue Ridge Southern Railroad, and reconfiguring the interchange with U.S. 19 including the addition of a bridge to replace the existing left side entrance. 

A video rendering, maps and project details are available on the NCDOT project webpage. Transportation officials will detail recent adjustments to the plans, including a drastic reduction in the time needed for detours. They will also be available to answer questions and receive comments. Interested people can attend at any time during the meeting.

People may also submit comments by calling 984.205.6615 and entering project code 2219, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sending comments by regular mail to Garrett Higdon, NCDOT Highway Division 14, Project Manager, 253 Webster Road, Sylva, N.C.  28779.

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