Hwy 321 N at Blowing Rock to remain open during Holidays
UPDATE 17 December 2009
NC’s Department of Transportation has announced that blasting on US Hwy 321 N, near Blowing Rock, NC, will be discontinued until January 5th. That means the highway will be open through the holidays.
Road work on the highway typically means that the road is closed from 12 noon to 2 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with additional closure on Monday nights, for blasting work.
On December 7th, State DOT Engineers closed US Highwy 321 N between Lenoir and Blowing Rock, as they worked on removing boulders dislodged after blasting that week. The boulders appeared perilously unstable.
The closure meant all traffic heading into Blowing Rock and Boone had to be re-routed towards Wilkes County. The road was reopened for traffic on December 15th.
From Lenoir, take N.C. 18 into Wilkes County, then take U.S. 421 N to Boone. To reach Blowing Rock, motorists can turn left on N.C. 105 Extension in Boone, then left again on U.S. 321 S to Blowing Rock.
Motorists headed to Lenoir from Blowing Rock and Boone should reverse that detour.
This road widening project is in its fifth year of construction, which has included nearly constant drilling and weekly blasting during phases one and two of the project. Originally slated to be completed in late 2008, the project has met with delays due to rock slides, utility relocation and unanticipated difficulty in removing the mountainside at various locations.
The third phase of the project, which is scheduled to begin in 2010, will widen the road to four lanes through the town of Blowing Rock, and will eventually link up with an existing four-lane section of US Hwy 321.
CarolinaLifestyles is monitoring the situation and will report any change in the closure and/or road work schedule as information is released. (Last update on 12/16/09)