Haywood County officials announced this week a more than $17.7 million plan to improve a section of Russ Avenue in Waynesville.
Paul Benson, director of planning for the town of Waynesville, said in a press release that a 1.1 mile section of Russ Avenue will be improved under adoption of the 2010 Russ Avenue Corridor Plan.
The improvements will include intersection improvements, construction of new access roads, addition of bicycle lanes and landscaped medians in a section beginning at the U.S. 23/74 Bypass going to U.S. 23/ Main Street.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022 and is part of the State Transportation Improvement Program that was released on Dec. 4. The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the final budget for the program in June 2015.
Russ Avenue has seen an increasing number of accidents in recent years.