Small blast near Food Lion for wall construction scheduled for Monday,
RALEIGH – Construction
operations are underway again on the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock.
New prime contractor Maymead Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn. will resume rock
blasting near Little Springs Road at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 29, weather permitting,
which will temporarily halt traffic. The small blast is part of the retaining
wall construction along this section of U.S. 321.
temporarily will be blocked by flaggers southbound near the intersection of U.S.
321 and U.S. 321 Business/U.S. 221 when Monday’s blast occurs. Northbound
traffic will be stopped near the intersection with Sunset Drive. The road will re-open
after the blast ends, which is expected to take about 10 minutes.
motorists will see sections of U.S. 321 closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for blasting and clean-up. Local and through vehicle traffic
will be able to get around the blasting area through downtown Blowing Rock on
U.S. 221; however, trucks three axles or more will not have access to
downtown as an alternate route. Northbound trucks will be routed to N.C. 18 in
Lenoir to U.S. 421 in North Wilkesboro west to Boone, while southbound traffic
will reverse directions.
have been filling the area across from Rocky Knob Road for the proposed
northbound lanes, as well as working on erosion control throughout the project.
Retaining wall construction will continue near the Food Lion on Little Springs
month, Maymead Inc. replaced Taylor & Murphy of Asheville as the prime contractor
on the project. It was one of the original bidders on the project in 2011 and was
already the largest subcontractor on it. A new subcontractor, Vecellio &
Grogan Inc. of Beckley, W.Va., was hired to support rock blasting and grading
The contractor transition, as well as poor weather this
winter, slowed work on the project. Because of this, the scheduled completion
date was revised from the fall of 2015 to June 30, 2016.
Project updates are provided
via the N.C. Department of Transportation project website, traditional media and social media. Daily information is provided via Twitter
(see @NCDOT_EastMTN and #US321), or 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.).
regarding the contractor operations, call the Maymead Inc. hotline at (423)