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ONE LANE OF U.S. 321 CLOSED NEAR BLOWING ROCK IN CALDWELL COUNTY DUE TO ROCKSLIDE

RALEIGH — One lane of U.S. 321 in Caldwell County between the U.S. 321 widening project and Blowing Rock remains closed due to a rockslide that occurred Wednesday. Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are escorting traffic through the area using a pilot car. The slide area is north of the U.S. 321 widening project.

NCDOT crews have determined that there are sections of rock near the highway that need to be stabilized before traffic can resume its normal two-lane traffic pattern and are working to determine when the highway will reopen.

Motorists should expect significant delays and proceed with caution through this area.

Crews may need to close this section of highway to make repairs. Motorists traveling on U.S. 321 North are advised to take N.C. 18 in Lenoir to U.S. 421 North in Wilkes County. They should then follow U.S. 421 to Boone in Watauga County and U.S. 321 South to Blowing Rock. Southbound motorists should follow the reverse route.

Traffic from Charlotte to Boone is encouraged to take I-77 North to U.S. 421 North in Yadkin County to avoid the area completely.

For updates, visit NCDOT’s real-time travel information Web site www.ncdot.org/traffictravel. Information can also be obtained by calling 511, NCDOT’s free travel hotline.

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