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321 widening project continues, slowly PDF Print
Tuesday, 25 December 2007 19:00

The 321 widening project is progressing, but slower than officials had hoped.

The projected completion date is August 15, but contractors think it could take all of 2008 to complete the job. The 6.57-mile widening project in northern Caldwell County has seen its share of complications, including a minor rockslide last week. Issues with the rock formations have caused the company to stop using night crews for safety reasons. Slope failures aren’t the only issue- the movement of utility poles and limited blasting periods have slowed the project.


Winter operations will begin soon. Officials hope to construct two mechanically-stabilized earth walls and one soil nail wall by spring. Contractors also plan to excavate more dirt and rock in the winter months. 2.2 million cubic yards of the 3.1 million cubic yards of required material have been moved so far in the project. Expect more blasting in the vicinity of Kirby Mountain Road.

The contractors, W.C. English Company, have not filed for more time to complete the project- but insiders say filing is likely.
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