Starting Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin closing sets of ramps along U.S. 321 as work continues on a $7.7 million resurfacing project in Gaston County.
The ramp closures will start at 9 a.m. each day and are expected to continue through the end of the week, weather permitting.
Project Contractor Blythe Construction will close the off-ramp from U.S. 321 southbound onto N.C. 279 as well as the loop ramp from N.C. 279 into U.S. 321 southbound. The closure will remain in place throughout Tuesday.
Those traveling near the construction Tuesday should take the Hardin Road exit to U.S. 321 Business to avoid the ramp closure. Signs announcing the ramp closures are already in place, and there will be law enforcement officers at the intersection of the ramp from U.S. 321 and the intersection at N.C. 279 and U.S. 31 Business helping with traffic control. Once the ramp work is completed, crews will move on to the ramps at N.C. 279 and Grier Beam Blvd.
The U.S. 321 resurfacing project, once completed, plans to offer a smoother ride for motorists and will help fortify the stretch of heavily traveled road against increased traffic volume. Work on the project originally started in late February, and it is expected to be completed in July.
Those interested in more information about the resurfacing project should contact NCDOT Assistant Resident Engineer Eric W. Conner at (704) 730-2192.