North Carolina Department of Transportation engineers on Thursday met at the site of the landslide in Henderson County that closed Highway 9 in Bat Cave on Tuesday.
Private contractors submitted bids on the job to remove an estimated 10,000 cubic yards of debris from the stretch of road near the Buncombe-Henderson county line.
State geologists deemed the foot of the landslide too dangerous as trees continue to topple down the hill.
That’s why a road will have to be constructed to allow heavy equipment crews to access the top of the mountain – a routine task for the DOT that’s expected to be complete by Friday, June 15th.
“It looks like it’s been an active slide. You can see some of the trees have bowed. So, over years and years this has been gradually sliding down the hill,” said Ted Adams, a construction engineer with the NC DOT.
“If we start digging from the bottom of the slide it will continue to slide. It’s just too dangerous right now,” Adams added.
The DOT is aiming for an August 31st completion to reopen NC-9 in time for Labor Day holiday travel.