The new section of Hotel Street is shown in orange. Residents in the area will be able to access Hibriten Drive via Hotel Street.

LENOIR — The Hotel Street project aims to increase convenience and diminish high volume traffic near Wilkesboro Boulevard.

Contractors started clearing the Hotel Street connection on Monday, Nov. 22. The new section will improve accessibility to several properties in the area. When the project is complete, Hotel Street will connect Linkside Court to Hibriten Drive. Residents of Linkside Court, the Veridian apartments, and the Hampton Inn will be able to use Hibriten Drive during high traffic times. Rather than turning left directly onto Wilkesboro Boulevard, residents will be able to take Hotel Street, turn left on Hibriten, and turn left at the traffic light onto Wilkesboro Boulevard.

The NAPA Auto Parts and Blue Ridge Tire parking lots will also connect to the new section, which will increase access for their shoppers and employees.

Contractors have 75 calendar days to finish this project. Workers must grade the roadbed; extend a retaining wall; install storm drains, curbs, gutters, and guard rails; and pave the street. The project budget is $260,800.