Gas Leak Closes U.S. 421 by Boone…Detour goes through Lenoir

BOONE, NC (June 29, 2018)…A natural gas leak has forced the closure of U.S. 421 in both directions just outside of Boone city limits.

Transportation and other local officials are scheduled to meet Friday morning with Frontier to discuss possible solutions. Early estimates indicate that U.S. 421 could be closed at least through midday on Friday.

The detour routes drivers to U.S. 421 Exit 286A for N.C 16 South, then N.C. 18 South for 23 miles to Lenoir and then U.S. 321 North to Boone. The reverse applies for traffic leaving Boone.

Transportation officials remind drivers to obey all posted signs, drive with caution in work zones and in this case, allow extra time for the detour.