Contract bidding for the final section of US 221 widening has been delayed.

The Ashe Post and Times reports the Section E project, which was to begin in September, has been pushed back two years.

Section E runs 3.5 miles from intersection of N.C. 163 and South Jefferson Avenue in West Jefferson, to the intersection of East Main Street and Cherry Drive in Jefferson.

According to the report, DOT District 11 Engineer Mike Pettyjohn said recent hurricanes impacting the state, Map Act settlements and increases in the scope of the project have resulted in having to delay the project and address additional expenditures.

Bidding on the project is now slated for September 2021.