Smith Crossroads to get facelift

Apr. 02, 2014 @ 10:58 AM

Smith Crossroads will get a slight facelift in coming weeks, thanks to a $120,000 agreement between Lenoir and the N.C. Department of Transportation approved by the Lenoir City Council on Tuesday night.

The money will be used to extend the retaining wall on the southwest corner the intersection farther south along U.S. 321 all the way to the entrance to the Broyhill House.

Landscaping improvements on the islands in the intersections may be added to the list of improvements as well, but all work must first get NCDOT approval.

Because the project uses federal funds, it must be advertised and the city must take formal bids, instead of doing the work itself.

The agreement passed the council 6-1, with council member T.J. Rohr voting against, voicing basic opposition to using state or federal grants and saying that having to seek bids will drive up cost.

Mayor Joe Gibbons said that as the intersection is improved, the city should also look at improving the traffic islands farther south on U.S. 321 past the entrance to the Broyhill house, which he said look abused and dirty.

In other business, the city recognized Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute for its 50th anniversary, and college President Ken Boham accepted a resolution recognizing the college’s achievement.