The $143 million dollar U.S. 221 widening project is still on track to be completed by the end of 2020.

Ashe Post and Times reports more than 3 million cubic yards have been excavated on one section of the U.S. 221 project, with more excavation to go.

The section from the junction of U.S. 421 to the South Fork New River is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, although all four lanes may not be open until 2020, and is approximately 87 percent complete.

From there to the N.C. 194 junction at Baldwin Road should be done by the end of 2020.

From N.C. 194 to the four-way stoplight in West Jefferson — was completed in January of this year.

North of the four-way stoplight in West Jefferson to U.S. 221 Business and N.C. 88 in Jefferson will be let for construction beginning in March of 2020.