RALEIGH – Lane closures will
not take place in the U.S. 321 widening project work zone through Blowing Rock during
Labor Day weekend. Construction crews
may continue work during this time, but no lane closures will be allowed from
Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 a.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. The regular work
schedule will resume on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 5.
The road widening
preparation work continues at a steady pace. Occasional lane closures will
occur on weekdays between Broyhill Home Furnishings and the Green Park Inn as
blasting work is ongoing. This work has not closed the entire road, nor have
there been any detours, as motorists have been able to travel through the work
zone with only brief delays.
The initial phase of
constructing retaining walls along the project will begin in the next couple of
weeks. Test drilling is required prior to the onset of some of this
work. Specialized equipment and materials are beginning to arrive and work
is anticipated to begin within the next couple of weeks. This work is
currently scheduled to begin in the vicinity of the old Scotchman store and near
Food Lion. Multiple locations may be under construction at the same time.
The N.C. Department
of Transportation reminds everyone to avoid the work zone area when blasting is
taking place. Precautions are put in place to prevent any rocks from leaving
the blasting holes. When lane closures are in effect, remember to watch for
flaggers standing near the roadway and be prepared to stop.
A project hotline
assists residents or travelers in the Blowing Rock area with specific questions
about the road widening project. Call (828) 964-3260 to speak to an NCDOT
representative during regular weekday business hours (8 a.m. until 5 p.m.).
For 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
real-time travel information on this project at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on
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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.