May 24, 2012. Lane closures will not take place in the U.S. 321 widening project work zone through Blowing Rock from 6 a.m. on Friday, May 25, to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Weekend travelers are advised to drive with caution as the work area now has temporary pavement markings that may be unfamiliar to some drivers.
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 road widening preparation work continues at a steady pace. Occasional lane closures will occur on weekdays between the Shoppes on the Parkway and Green Park Inn. This work will not close the entire road, nor will there be any detours, allowing motorists to get through the work zone with only brief delays.
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.
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 more information or updates on the U.S. 321 road widening project, visit the project website (www.ncdot.gov/projects/BlowingRock321/). Follow project progress on the website or via Twitter (see @NCDOT_EastMTN and #US321).
For real-time travel information on this project at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/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.