Here in Western North Carolina we’ve seen our share of road closures this spring and the last year. I-40 was closed to TN (both directions) for a good part of the last year, stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway have been closed and parts of I-26 north of Asheville have been down to one lane for construction. This holiday weekend though (Happy 4th of July!!!!!) we have I-40 up and moving again (just one lane westbound though through the Pigeon River Gorge area near the TN state line, so heading west you’ll likely want to avoid the backup.) The construction on I-40 is continuing through the holiday weekend there. So, I think they are still suggesting alternate routes due to potential traffic backups. I-26 though, the construction north of Asheville is on hold until after the holiday and two lanes are open each direction there. (Very good, because that is one of the alternate routes to bypass the blockage of I-40.) I also saw word today that the last stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway that had been closed has reopened today. So, at the moment The entire Blue Ridge Parkway appears to be open!
The weather here in Western North Carolina has been as near to perfect as you can imagine for this time of year. Today we’ve had dry air and probably mid to upper 70s for a high with a light breeze. I hope you all enjoy safe and good travels this 4th of July Weekend and take a moment to stop and think about the meaning of this holiday for us here in the States.