Highway 276 Problems
Updated: Thursday, January 24 2013, 08:48 PM EST
Residents who live along Highway 276 in Haywood County say all that rain last week caused more problems at a usual trouble spot. They say drainage has been an issue for years at the top of Waynesville Mountain causing the road to crack and dip.
The NCDOT has patched the surface so many times, asphalt is now even with the top of the guardrail. Residents say they're afraid someone will get hurt or worse if they crash and their vehicle falls down the steep bank. They say the problem with the road starts underneath it.
The NCDOT says contract bids go out next month for a more permanent solution including widening the road to the west, improving drainage, and removing the patch work of asphalt.
Work is expected to begin in late March or early April, and last 6 to 7 months at an estimated cost of $800,000.
By Rex Hodge