Contractor walks away from $15.9 million road contract

jacksonConstruction on the 0.7-mile connector road through Southwestern Community College has come to a halt after the contractor working on it defaulted on its $15.9 million contract this week.

SCC, DOT and road contractor debate who should fix damage to campus building

fr roadA three-way finger-pointing contest over cracks in Southwestern Community College’s biggest building — and their relation to construction work on the R-5000 connector road project — could result in a lawsuit if the parties involved aren’t able to decide who should pay to fix it.

Howell Mill Road projects nears completion | Gallery

howellmillBarring any unexpected circumstances, Howell Mill Road should be open to vehicle traffic in a couple of weeks.

The $11.7 million North Carolina Department of Transportation project began back in May 2015 with road closures beginning in July. The original completion date was set for October 2016, but Nathan Tanner, NCDOT District 14 assistant resident engineer, said some hard work and cooperative weather helped keep the project way ahead of schedule.

Plan hatched to untangle town street from school parking lot

fr brownavedOfficer Dave Clancey has a dicey job, perhaps the most dangerous of any cop in Haywood County. But instead of dodging bullets, Clancey dodges cars.

For Russ Avenue redesign, Waynesville wants a Cadillac, DOT counters with a Buick

fr russaveA grandiose plan to remake Waynesville’s Russ Avenue commercial corridor into a tree-lined boulevard has gotten a little less grandiose.

Funding likely for sidewalk on U.S. 441

fr 441sidewalksThe future is looking bright for plans to build a sidewalk along U.S. 441 where Jackson County meets Cherokee, with funding recently approved from state contingency funds.

Waynesville’s Russ Avenue gets rework of concrete bumper

fr russaveLove it or hate it, the concrete median down the middle of Russ Avenue in Waynesville on the approach to Ingles entrance road is here to stay.

Maggie officials not pleased with DOT report

fr maggieroadMaggie Valley leaders aren’t taking no for an answer after the North Carolina Department of Transportation said nothing could be done to improve safety conditions at the U.S. 19 and U.S. 276 intersection.

Road closure coming for Howell Mill Road

fr howellmillHowell Mill Road won’t be an option for those planning to drive the length of the Waynesville route for the rest of the summer.

Erosion from DOT job concerns Jackson residents

fr erosionA highway construction project in Jackson County has come under public scrutiny for muddying the Tuckasegee River.

Erosion control measures have failed to stop mud and sediment from running off the construction site, into creeks and onward to the river during heavy rains. While the highway department has admitted to some runoff problems at the site, it claims it is doing a good job overall.

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