SHELBY -- As motorists hit the road for the unofficial start of summer, the N.C. Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending lane closures along U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock to accommodate the higher volume of travelers during Memorial Day weekend.
There will be no lane closures within the U.S. 321 widening project from Friday, May 23, at 6 a.m. through Tuesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. Despite the lane closure restrictions, crews from contractor Maymead, Inc., will be working on the project during some of this time. Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution when traveling through work zones.
The speed limit along the U.S. 321 widening project is 35 mph. The N.C. State Highway Patrol will monitor this corridor for speeding violations.
For more information about the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock, visit the project website or follow project progress on Twitter using @NCDOT_EastMTN. You can also call the project information line at (828) 964-3260 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday to speak to an NCDOT representative. The project information line will not be available Monday, May 26.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511 or visit www.ncdot.gov/travel. 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.