US-221 reopens in Deep Gap

By Adam Orr -

DEEP GAP-Officials said Tuesday morning US-221 in Deep Gap resumed normal operations around 10:40 a.m. Oct. 11.

That’s according to Ashe County Emergency Management Coordinator Patty Gambill.

The major intersection used by hundreds of commuters between Boone and West Jefferson each day was shut down at 6 p.m. Monday evening causing havoc for motorists.

Gambill said the shutdown became necessary after a construction crew working along the road hit a natural gas pipeline Monday. Gambill said natural gas never leaked from the pipeline.

Motorists were detoured along Cranberry Springs Road and Brownwood Road while workers attended to the problem.

Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.

By Adam Orr

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