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Virginia Foxx Weighs in on Highway 105 Construction PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Monday, 18 August 2008 07:21

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, like many High Country residents, was sitting in traffic on Highway 105 Monday morning at the intersection with Baird's Creek Road.

Like any motorist would be, Foxx was annoyed with the delays, but the catch was that she was stopped about 8:55, when the Department of Transportation's contract states the contractor cannot begin work until 9:00 a.m.

 

According to Boone Construction Resident Engineer with the D.O.T., Frank Gioscio, their agreement with contractor, Insite Development & Design, states workers cannot be in the road between the hours of 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

This morning, Foxx contacted Gioscio to let him know about the early morning delays and asks residents to do the same.  Fox said, “I would urge the public to stay in contact with the D.O.T. and Frank Gioscio and let him know of any violations of the rules that are going on there.”

 

Gioscio explained that he knows that the construction on Highway 105 is a big problem, and that he and his staff are working to fix it.

 

Gioscio said the contractor will be contacted regarding their early start this morning and said a possible solution for the traffic issues is to have the contractor work at night.

 

Gioscio explained he was going to contact Insite Development and ask how much it would cost to change the construction to a night job, but expects it would cost quite a bit more.

 

In the meantime, Foxx urges residents to find an alternate route and avoid that section of 105 when possible.  Foxx said, “I’d also urge people to use Poplar Grove Road and that will help eliminate some of the congestion.”

 

Construction is expected to continue on 105 until the end of the year.

 

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