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Significant Delays Anticipated Tuesday on N.C. 105

Last Updated on October 31, 2023 4:01 pm

UPDATE Tuesday October 31 4pm –

Lane closures will continue Tuesday evening on N.C. 105 while contract crews conclude a rock removal operation on the N.C. 105 bridge replacement project.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will close all lanes on N.C. 105 and Broadstone Road for up to 15 minutes at a time while crews safely remove rock and debris from the area.

Crews will then reopen one lane to through traffic before beginning the cycle again. Heavy delays are anticipated.

Additional lane closures may also be necessary throughout the week.

Motorists are advised to plan for delays and use alternate routes if possible.

UPDATE Tuesday, October 31, 2:42pm – Expect continued delays on Highway 105 at the bridge project. Shane Garland, Watauga County Fire Marshal, tells WataugaOnline that clean-up will take much longer than expected due to some large boulders that fell during blasting.

Traffic being stopped for 5 minutes and then letting flow for 5 minutes to try and get the work complete.

It is now expected to be into the night before all that clean-up can be completed. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES ARE HIGHLY SUGGESTED!

Photo: Shane Garland

A rock removal operation on the N.C. 105 bridge replacement project could result in additional travel delays on Tuesday.

Traffic along N.C. 105 and Broadstone Road may be held in place for up to 30 minutes between 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow for a safe operation and ensuing cleanup. Lane closures for additional related material removal may also be necessary until 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, as well as Wednesday and Thursday as needed. 

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will perform a blasting operation on the Foscoe side of the project that could require longer cleanup times than normal.

Transportation officials advise drivers to plan ahead for the delays, find alternative routes, and always drive safely in a work zone.

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