SHELBY – As motorists take to the roads this Labor Day weekend for one last summer trip, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures along the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock.
No lane closures will be allowed from Friday, Aug. 29, at 6 a.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. The lane closure suspension and limited construction operations will help increased holiday traffic flow more smoothly through the widening project. Crews from contractor Maymead Inc. will be working on the project during some of this time, but the work shouldn’t have a major impact on motorists.
The speed limit along the U.S. 321 widening project is 35 mph. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, stay alert and look out for any construction crews who could be working beside the highway. The N.C. State Highway Patrol will be monitoring the corridor for violations.
A portion of Skyland View Drive in Blowing Rock will remain closed during Labor Day weekend as part of an intersection realignment project that began in early August. Motorists will also notice new traffic patterns between Sunset Drive and Skyland View Drive.
For additional photos of the U.S. 321 widening project, visit the NCDOT's Flickr page.
For more information, please call the project information line at 828-964-3260. The project information line is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note the information line won’t be available Monday, Sept. 1. Additional project information is also available on the project website.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.