A road that winds through the Hiwassee Dam community in far western North Carolina will be getting safer.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.1 million contract to Adams Contracting of Robbinsville for improvements to N.C. 294 in Cherokee County. The highway links Hiwassee Dam and communities along the southern banks of Hiwassee Lake with the town of Murphy.
“This project will widen more than two miles of the road, adding two feet of paved shoulders on each side, and also straighten curves to improve safety,” says Brian Burch, NCDOT Division 14 Construction Engineer.
Workers will also install guardrails and build a new culvert across Bearpen Creek.
“This is the third in a series of projects on N.C. 294,” adds Burch. “The need was identified by community leaders years ago, and NCDOT is excited to move forward with these much needed improvements.”
Construction is expected to start in late July, and scheduled to be complete by the end of January 2018.
This is one of 21 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the Department of Transportation. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidder, as required by state law. They are worth $229.3 million, which is $9.1 million below NCDOT engineers’ estimated cost.
Friday, July 3
- Independence Day Championship Race and Fireworks Show at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown. Racing begins at 7:30 pm. (POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, JULY 9th)
The following press release has been issued by Tellico Plains Police Department. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On Sunday, June 28 at approximately 1:46 am, officers Jason Crowder and Bridger Frerichs of the Tellico Plains Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Scott Street in Tellico Plains, TN. The caller was concerned about a family member in the residence who would not open the door to her room.
After the officers identified themselves, Melissa Bradley eventually opened the door and appeared semi-conscious. Her eyes were bloodshot and see appeared to be in a state of confusion. A horizontal gaze nystagmus test was administered. The results were not favorable.
Officers noticed a baggie containing a white powdery substance on the desk. Ms. Bradley admitted that the substance was methamphetamine.
Captain Russ Parks and Deputy Bill Illingworth then arrived on scene to assist. After receiving consent from Ms. Bradley to search her premises, officers found multiple drugs including marijuana, Legend drugs without a prescription, Schedule III Diazepam, Schedule III Tylenol/Hydrocodone and Schedule IV Valium. Multiple amounts of drug paraphernalia such as syringes, baggies, working scales, grinders, spoons, snorting straws with residue, pipes and a razor blade were also found.
Ms. Bradley was then arrested for possession of Schedule II, III, IV, VI, Legend and drug paraphernalia.
The following summary has been furnished by investigating officer Sergeant Jeremy Ledford of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
At approximately 2:48 pm on Monday, June 29, 2015, a traffic accident closed a section of Highway 64 approximately 3.10 miles west of Murphy, NC. Westbound traffic was rerouted through Caney Creek Road and Old Murphy Road to bypass the accident scene.