Ask 13: Why is DOT putting guardrails on Mills Gap Road?


    "We understand that Mills Gap Road is to be widened in the near future. Just curious why there are guardrails being erected at a furious rate, which will have to be removed in the next phase!" Kenneth Huser wrote to Ask 13. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    Some local residents are concerned new additions to a busy two-lane road could be a waste of money.

    One News 13 viewer is particularly curious about guardrails being installed along Mills Gap Road in South Asheville. The safety feature raises an interesting question.

    "We understand that Mills Gap Road is to be widened in the near future. Just curious why there are guardrails being erected at a furious rate, which will have to be removed in the next phase!" Kenneth Huser wrote to Ask 13.

    The Department of Transportation does have plans to widen Mills Gap Road, which is used by roughly 14,000 vehicles a day, but the widening project isn't scheduled to happen until fall 2020.

    DOT officials said the guardrails will be part of the upcoming widening project.

    "In the meantime, as an interim safety measure, we have plans to install guardrails in locations where they're needed," project development engineer Steve Cannon said. "This additional election will provide a safer roadway for the traveling public."

    Cannon also pointed out that the guardrails will be reusable when DOT does the widening project, which will take about two years to complete. So, the newly added rails will be part of the widening project and will not go to waste.

    If you have a question you would like answered, write to ask13@wlos.com.

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