NEW THIRD LANE COMING IN 2016 TO HIGHWAY 191 AT WEST AND RUGBY

 

 

 

 

TO EASE CONGESTION AROUND WEST HENDERSON HIGH AND RUGBY MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Steve Cannon, who is the District Engineer for NC DOT in Henderson County, tells WHKP News that some major improvements are coming to Highway 191 in the vicinity of West High and Rugby Middle Schools to ease the traffic back-ups especially in the hours just before and after school each day.

Cannon said the traffic back-ups are obvious and have resulted in numerous rear-end collisions.

So NC DOT plans to construct a third lane in 2016 that will stretch from Mountain Road to the intersection with North and South Rugby Roads.  Cannon said bids for the project will likely be let in January of 2016, and the whole project may take a year to a year and a half to complete.

In addition to the third lane, Cannon said longer turn lanes into both schools will be constructed, along with a walking trail along Highway 191 that will connect the two schools.

Traffic typically backs up along that stretch of Highway 191 between 7 and 8am and between 3 and 4pm on school days.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman