RALEIGH – A short section of U.S.
321 in Blowing Rock will be closed twice a week starting next week for blasting
operations as part of the road widening project. Construction crews will continue
blasting the rock at Cliff Dwellers Inn at Westview Drive near the intersection
of U.S. 321 and U.S. 221/U.S. 321 Business.
The closure will have a significant impact on trucks and tractor trailers
servicing Blowing Rock or passing through the area.
Starting Nov. 27, U.S. 321 will be closed in both directions on Tuesdays
and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. until further notice. The closures during
these times will affect traffic as follows:
- All through traffic on U.S. 321 will be directed to follow a detour route onto U.S. 221/U.S. 321 Business through downtown Blowing Rock;
- Through truck traffic will not be allowed on U.S. 221/U.S. 321 Business. All through truck traffic must follow the signed detour along N.C. 18 and U.S. 421 in Caldwell, Wilkes and Watauga counties; and
- Access to businesses will be maintained at all times for local traffic and truck deliveries along U.S. 321 from Broyhill Home Furnishings at U.S. 221/U.S. 321 Business to Cliff Dwellers at West View Drive.
Visitors heading to the High Country this week for the holidays will not encounter
lane closures along U.S. 321; lane closures will be suspended until Monday,
Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.
The speed limit
along U.S. 321 remains 35 miles per hour. The N.C. State Highway Patrol
continues to monitor this corridor for speeding violations.
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.
Call the project hotline at (828) 964-3260 to speak to an
NCDOT representative during regular weekday business hours (8 a.m. until 5
p.m.). The hotline will not be available on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23. The hotline will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26.
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). You also can view photos on the project’s Flickr pages
and blasting videos on the project’s YouTube page.
For real-time travel information on this project at any
time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel
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.