4bdd20ee0705ba1086fd77c9fee33486_XL(Smoky Mountain News) Developing policies to help business owners affected by the upcoming N.C. 107 road project will go on the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority’s backburner until more project details are known, Executive Director Dan Harbaugh said during the board’s Dec. 18 meeting.

“For TWSA, until we see what is going on underground it is hard for staff and you all to understand what the impact is on TWSA and what the real impact is on the adjoining properties,” Harbaugh told the board. “That is when we will really begin to sink our teeth into the impact of the project.”

So far, preliminary plans — 25 percent complete — are all that have been released for the project, with right-of-way acquisition scheduled to start in January 2020 and construction in December 2021. The N.C. Department of Transportation has draft drainage plans in hand with approved versions due for release in January. The next iteration of road plans — the 65 percent complete version — is slated for release March 7 with a public comment period extending through April 18.

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