U.S. 321 to remain open during long July 4 weekend

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

No road or lane closures will take place in the U.S. 321 widening project work zone through Blowing Rock from Wednesday through Sunday due to the Independence Day holiday. Crews will be in the work zone during this period, but no closures will be required.

The road may be partially or completely closed at times, as needed, Monday and Tuesday as crews work on the rock fills south of the Green Park Inn, water line and pipe installations, as well as wall construction.

The regular work schedule will resume on Monday, July 8. The regular schedule means motorists will see sections of U.S. 321 closed to all traffic on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for blasting and clean-up. Local and through vehicle traffic, except for trucks, will be able to get around the blasting area through downtown Blowing Rock on U.S. 221/U.S. 321 Business, and will have access to businesses along U.S. 321 up to the work zone.

Trucks with three or more axles will be routed to take N.C. 18 from Lenoir to U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro and then west to Boone, while southbound traffic will reverse directions.

For more information or updates on the U.S. 321 road widening project, call the project hotline at (828) 964-3260 to speak to an NCDOT representative during regular weekday business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), or call the Maymead project hotline (432-727-2011). Travelers also can tune into 1690 AM in the Blowing Rock area for updated information.