The NC Department of Transportation has delayed the Highway 105 Watauga River bridge project.

The Watauga Democrat reports the replacement of the bridge between Boone and Foscoe has been delayed to March 2021.

According to the report, DOT Division Engineer Mike Pettyjohn said the change was one of several across the state that have been made due to budget adjustments.

It's the second delay of the project, the first due to “financial balancing” of the State Transportation Improvement Project and not having right-of-ways secured.

Plans for the bridge call for a new bridge parallel to the current bridge.

The intersection of Broadstone Road and 105, including a planned left-turn lane, is also part of the project.

The replacement is part of a 4.5-mile widening of Highway 105 between Old Shull’s Mill Road in Foscoe to the 105 Bypass in Boone. That project is still scheduled to start in October 2022.