A $52 million highway improvement project is slated for Highway 305 in Northampton County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said today.
The project will upgrade roadway, improve safety and traffic flow and improve 24 miles of the road.
According to detailed information on the project’s site the improvements will stretch from the Seaboard town limits to the Hertford County line.
The project will not add additional through lanes but will provide consistent 11-foot travel lanes on the existing two-lane road, along with wider shoulders. The purpose of the project is to upgrade the roadway, with the improvements aiding in the safety and operation of traffic along the highway.
The project includes improvements to several intersections, minor curve realignments, adding a center turn lane in the vicinity of Central Elementary School, adding guardrails in some locations, and the replacement of all culverts, some cross pipes, and two bridges.
The existing pavement on Highway 305 in Jackson will have at least part of its surface removed and new pavement added, while the remaining roadway within the project limits will be repaved. The Flythe Street connection to the highway in Jackson will be removed and the adjacent sidewalk replaced.
Curb and gutter and sidewalk replacement is proposed in the town of Rich Square east of Short Street and at the northeast corner of the N. Main Street intersection.
Two bridges over the Urahaw Swamp, located approximately two miles north of Rich Square, will be replaced in their existing locations. During construction of the new bridges, traffic will be maintained along the highway using one lane for two-way traffic, with traffic controlled by a temporary signal.
Planned intersection improvement locations are as follows:
Jackson By-Pass Road
Pleasant Grove Road
Dusty Hill Road
The planning phase for this project began in 2017, and a public meeting was held in March 2018 to present information about the proposed improvements to the community. Comments provided by the public, local leaders, and resource agencies were used to refine the designs to minimize impacts. In 2019, planning for the project was temporarily put on hold due to budget constraints, however, work resumed early this year.