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.
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.
Closures will normally be on Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting) from 11 a.m. until
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 http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/blowingrock321
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.