ASHEVILLE — While the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most construction activities on Wednesday evening for the holiday weekend, project work will continue through Friday, May 27 at 4 p.m. on U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock in order to expedite completion.
Lane closures will be halted on Friday at 4 p.m., and can resume Tuesday morning at 8 a.m., with the possibility of work continuing outside of travel lanes depending on weather in the mountain region.
Flagging operations are necessary on Thursday and Friday in order to protect the safety of contract workers as well as drivers. The NCDOT reminds motorists to be aware of employees behind barrels, in the median and on the shoulders
Current operations in the area include curb and gutter installation, sidewalk and retaining wall construction, some paving and concrete driveway construction.
By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach destinations safely and efficiently while reducing fuel costs and consumption.
For more details regarding these construction operations or for general project information, or if you need assistance in traveling to/through the area, please call 828-964-3260 Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for holidays.
Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the Memorial Day weekend:
• Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.
• Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.
• Be patient and obey the posted speed limit.
• Use alternative routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
• Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511.
• Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.
• Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.