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I-40 Reopens In Haywood County After Rockslide

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A rockslide has closed one lane of Interstate 40 in Haywood County. Photo courtesy NCDOT A rockslide has closed one lane of Interstate 40 in Haywood County. Photo courtesy NCDOT
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Update: August 20, 2013

NCDOT says that I-40 crews worked through the night to clean up after a rockslide that closed one lane of the road near the Tennessee border. The slide happened Monday night in one of the westbound lanes at the 7 mile marker.

Rockslides have become a familiar sight for crews, according to NCDOT geological engineer Jody Kuhne.

"Almost every rain event brings some amount of material down,"

Kuhne says the portion of roadway affected by the rockslide is known as Pigeon River Gorge, which is the state's number one slide-prone area.

Crews hauled around  20  truck loads of debris from the site Monday.

It's the third rockslide to happen in Pigeon River Gorge in the past 18 months.

Kuhne says crews cleaned up the area in 2012 and 2009.  Fencing and bolts were installed to keep the slope under control.

    

But soon Pigeon River Gorge will be made safer.  DOT plans to redesign the slope beginning in Jan. 2015.

DOT officials remind motorist to be on the lookout for falling rocks when driving through slide-prone areas

To check real-time travel information, motorists can call 511 or visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

August 19, 2013

A rockslide has closed one lane of Interstate 40 in Haywood County.

According to officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the rockslide happened at 7:45 p.m. Monday night in one of the westbound lanes at mile marker 7, near the Tennessee border.  One lane is closed, but all of the other lanes are open.

Engineers from the Department of Transportation, including geotechnical engineers, are at the scene assessing the slide. DOT officials say that they have determined that there is about 50 truckloads of debris that needs to be removed and crews will begin removing it overnight. The lane is expected to reopen by noon Tuesday, but traffic control devices are being placed along the road to warn motorists. 

To check real-time travel information, motorists can call 511 or visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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