Tuesday, December 18, 2012
(Last modified: 2012-12-18 15:38:01)

Source: The Watauga Democrat

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 in work zones. A lane shift is located near Cliff Dwellers Inn at the intersection with U.S. 221/U.S. 321 Business. 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 ( HYPERLINK "http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/BlowingRock321/" http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/BlowingRock321/). 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.

For real-time travel information on this project at any time, call 511, visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.ncdot.gov/travel" http://www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at  HYPERLINK "http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter" \o "http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter" \t "_blank" http://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.

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