Hwy 226 N shutdown near US 221 N intersection in Marion following landslide, detour in place

Accidents & Traffic

Landslide (Source: McDowell County Emergency Management)

MARION, N.C. (WSPA) – McDowell County Emergency Management officials said a landslide shut down part of Highway 226 in Marion.

Highway 226 north is shutdown approximately 0.5 miles from the US 221 north intersection, officials said.

Anyone who lives on Highway 226 north or N.C. 226A will need to use an alternative route.

NCDOT set up a 90-mile detour for commercial and visitor.

Northbound commercial vehicles should take I-40 west to I-240 west to U.S. 19E east to its intersection with N.C. 226 in Mitchel County, according to NCDOT. Southbound vehicles will need to take the same routes in reverse order.

Passenger vehicles can use U.S. 221 north, N.C. 194 west and U.S. 19E as a detour. NCDOT officials said this route would not be able to accommodate large vehicles or trucks with trailers.

“We estimate that there’s more than 100 dump-truck loads of material that we’ll have to hall away,” said Scott Killough, an assistant maintenance engineer with NCDOT. “Our goal is to reopen the highway by Sunday morning.”

NCDOT officials said drivers should set aside additional time to travel around Highway 226 this weekend.

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