RALEIGH – Blasting operations will take place this
Saturday on U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock, weather permitting. The blasting will take place along the east
side of U.S. 321, across from the Holiday Inn Express.
The blasts will be
small, so road closures and detours will not be necessary. Flagmen will temporarily
stop vehicles a safe distance from the blast area. Lane closures may be used if
needed, and there will be minimal delays.
For more information
about blasting, please go to the project website and click on the blasting PDF, or call the project hotline at (828) 964-3260 Monday
through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for information on the town of Blowing
rock’s noise ordinance, search for “noise ordinance” at www.townofblowingrock.com.
New sewer and water line installation is continuing between Broyhill
Home Furnishings and Shoppes on the Parkway. Electrical, phone and cable
lines relocation operations also are continuing between the Green Park Inn and
Shoppes on the Parkway.
The new alignment of U.S. 321, as well as permanent access
to properties in the work zone, is taking shape in the area between Broyhill
Home Furnishings and Sunset Drive. Weather permitting, rough grading can
be completed in the fall, with asphalt placed down in the spring.
The N.C. Department of Transportation reminds all
motorists to drive slowly using caution in work zones. When lane closures are
in effect, remember to watch for flaggers standing near the roadway and be
prepared to stop.
For more information
or updates on the U.S. 321 road widening project, visit the project website.
Follow project progress on the website or via Twitter (see @NCDOT_EastMTN and
#US321), or call the project hotline to speak to an NCDOT representative during
regular weekday business hours (8 a.m. until 5 p.m.).
motorists can get real-time travel information for the area at any time by
calling 511, visiting www.ncdot.gov/travel or using 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