North Carolina Highway 107
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||34.8 mi (56.0 km)|
|Existed:||early 1920s – present|
|South end:||SC 107 at the SC line near Cashiers|
|US 64 in Cashiers|
US 23 Bus. in Sylva
North Carolina Highway 107 (NC 107) is a primary state highway in the state of North Carolina. The highway runs north–south from the South Carolina state line, near Cashiers, to US 23 Business, in Sylva.
The highway is four lanes between Sylva and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, and two lanes beyond. Between WCU and Cashiers (about 18 miles), the highway is a winding mountain road, and continues in this manner all the way to the South Carolina state border. Before it was straightened and bypassed around Cullowhee in 1978-1981, the road followed the Tuckasegee River through Cullowhee, and went along the opposite edge of Western Carolina University than today's 4-lane. This is now known as Old Cullowhee Road and is planned to become the new downtown area for Cullowhee. The area of NC 107 around Sylva is lined with businesses.
In 1940, the highway was rerouted south of Cherokee, replacing NC 107E; it then went concurrently with US 19 (now US 74/US 441) and Haywood Road (SR 1514) to Dillsboro and Sylva (now US 23 Bus). From Sylva, it replaced all of NC 106 south, through Cullowhee and Cashiers, to the South Carolina state line. The old route between Ela to Cherokee became part of NC 28 (now US 19).
In 1952, was truncated to its current northern terminus in Sylva; its route between Dillsboro to Tennessee was replaced by US 441. The final major change happened in 1981, when NC 107 was rerouted onto a new four-lane bypass west of Cullowhee; the old route became Old Cullowhee Road (SR 1002).
In 1994, the "Southern Loop" was added to the Jackson County thoroughfare plan that was to connect NC 107 with US 23/US 441 south of Dillsboro to US 23/US 74 east of Sylva; in 2003, it was added to NCDOT's State Transportation Improvement Program as R-4745. In 2008, the western half of the project was removed, leaving the eastern half; the project was renamed the NC 107 Connector. Environmental impact studies were completed by end of 2012; however right of way acquisition was scheduled for 2021 and with construction unfunded (estimated cost at $132 million) and scheduled after 2023. On June 27, 2013, NCDOT issued a news release stating that after local input regarding the NC 107 connector, it was decided that they would instead focus on improving the existing NC 107 corridor between NC 106 and US 23 Bus. Once improvements along this section is complete, NCDOT will decide whether there is a need for further study of the NC 107 Connector.
North Carolina Highway 107E
|Location:||Cherokee, North Carolina|
North Carolina Highway 107E (NC 107E) was established around 1938 as a renumbering of NC 112, from US 19 (now US 74/US 441), near Whittier, to NC 107 (now US 19/US 441 Business), in Cherokee. In 1940, it was replaced by realignment of NC 107 (now US 441/US 441 Business).
The entire route is in Jackson County.
|State line||0.0||0.0||SC 107 south – Walhalla|
|Cashiers||8.2||13.2||US 64 – Highlands, Brevard|
|Tuckasegee||23.0||37.0||NC 281 south (Canada Road)|
|32.0||51.5||Old Cullowhee Road – Cullowhee|
|Sylva||33.0||53.1||NC 116 west (Webster Road) – Webster|
US 23 Bus. (Asheville Highway/Main Street) – Dillsboro, Waynesville
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Google Inc. Google Maps – North Carolina Highway 107 (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=N+Carolina+107+N&daddr=E+Main+St&hl=en&ll=35.205794,-83.016815&spn=0.469596,0.891953&sll=35.374429,-83.21208&sspn=0.001831,0.003484&geocode=FQRIFgIdz6kM-w%3BFSbGGwIdvEMK-w&vpsrc=6&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=19&t=m&z=11. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- "NC 107 Route Change (1981-05-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 1, 1981. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
- "NCDOT: NC 107 Connector". Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- "NCDOT: NC 107 Connector Project Map". Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- Staff (June 27, 2013). "N.C. 107 Update: NCDOT Anticipates Improving Existing N.C. 107 Before Considering Construction of N.C. 107 Connector". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 28, 2013.