The U.S. 221 widening project continues with two sections very near completion.

The Ashe Post and Times reports Sections A and B, starting from the junction of U.S. 421, continuing past Idlewild Road and across the South Fork of the New River, are 99% complete.

According to the report, NCDOT Division 11 Construction Engineer Trent Beaver said the final layer of asphalt pavement is being placed throughout the project, with final pavement markings and sign installation remaining. Beaver said the work should be totally completed by late September or early October.

Section C, from the bridges to the N.C. 194 junction at Baldwin Road is 95% complete, and should be done later this year or in early 2021.

Section D — from N.C. 194 to the four-way stoplight in West Jefferson was completed January of 2019.

Construction on Section E, north of the four-way stoplight in West Jefferson to U.S. 221 Business and N.C. 88 in Jefferson is expected to begin next July.

The entire project is expected to be completed in November of 2024.