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Originally published: 2013-07-25 08:46:43
Last modified: 2013-07-25 08:47:47

Tips shared on avoiding traffic backups

By Capt. Aaron Miller

In Blowing Rock, traffic congestion and delays caused by the U.S. 321 construction project became an issue this past week.

The rainy weather has caused delays in the project and has postponed many of the planned closures up until now.

On Highway 321, in the area of Cliff Dwellers Inn, all traffic must be stopped when workers are blasting and removing large sections of rock on the cliff.

For safety, traffic also must be stopped intermittently on Main Street at the U.S. 321 intersection.
These stoppages are causing major backups on 321, as well as on Main Street through town.

Please know that Blowing Rock Police officers are monitoring traffic and working to keep things moving during closures.

Here are some suggestions to keep you out of traffic during times of heavy congestion:

• Know when closures are planned and avoid traveling during these times.
• Coordinate with vendors to avoid deliveries during closure times.

• Plan work schedules around closure times.

• If you must travel during closures, plan on using alternate routes to avoid Main Street and U.S. 321.

Closures will normally be on Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting) from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Real-time information from the N.C. Department of Transportation about closures can be found on Twitter at #us321 or by calling the Highway 321 project information line at (828) 964-3260.

NCDOT also posts information at


Christin Katherine Wicklum, 41, of Blowing Rock was arrested July 19. Wicklum was charged with driving while license revoked and probation violation.

Wicklum was held at the Watauga County Jail on a $2,000 secured bond.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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