Work will continue on widening project
RALEIGH – Visitors heading to
the High Country for the holidays will not encounter lane closures along the
U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock. However, construction work will
continue on select days around the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.
Lane closure restrictions begin this Friday at 6 a.m. and
run until Jan. 2, 2013 at 6 p.m. All traffic, including large trucks, will be
able to travel through the business corridor during this time. Crews will not
be working on the project from Dec. 22-25 and Jan. 1, 2013.
The N.C. Department
of Transportation reminds all motorists to drive cautiously through the work
zone. A lane shift is located near Cliff Dwellers Inn at the intersection with
U.S. 221/U.S. 321 Business. Currently, road closures are scheduled on Tuesdays
and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (when necessary) between Westview
Drive and the intersection with U.S. 221/U.S. 321 Business near Shoppes on the
Parkway. Visitors can still travel to businesses on each side of the closure
area without any problems, as well as visit downtown Blowing Rock.
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.
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.). Please note that the hotline will not be available on Dec. 24-26 and
Jan. 1, 2013.
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 (@NCDOT_EastMTN and
#US321). You also can view photos and videos on the project’s webpage.
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.