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Slope Repairs Due to Recent Flooding Will Close U.S. 221 West of Sparta Next Week

PROJECT UPDATE: Due to inclement weather today, the work has been rescheduled to Monday, March 11, at 7 a.m.

RALEIGH -The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of U.S. 221 west of Sparta tomorrow morning to repair a slope next to the highway damaged due to recent storms. The repairs are scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 11, and be completed by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, weather permitting.

Flooding and runoff from heavy rains loosened the soil on the long, steep bank next to U.S. 221. Crews will haul in large rocks to rebuild the embankment.

While the closure is in place, motorists will take the following 23-mile detour route:

  • Travelers coming out of Sparta will take U.S. 21 to U.S. 221 South, turn right onto N.C. 93 West to N.C. 113 South.
  • Traffic traveling on N.C. 113 North will turn right onto N.C. 93 East to U.S. 221.
  • Traffic coming out of Ashe County on U.S. 221 will turn left on N.C. 113 North to N.C. 93 East back to U.S. 221.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on 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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2/19/2018 7:51 AM