New road to be built for Hwy 9 landslide cleanup in Henderson Co.

Henderson County landslide Highway 9

HENDERSON CO., NC (WSPA) – Crews say the cleanup of a massive landslide on Highway 9 in Henderson County will require a new road to be built to move heavy equipment up the mountain.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the material and trees from the landslide continue to move.

The slide happened early Tuesday morning in the Bat Cave area.

Highway 9 is closed at US-74A.

Officials say the mountain slid around 600 to 800 feet.

Crews will work to excavate the slide from the top town.

The NCDOT says they hope to award a contract for the cleanup on Friday and a new estimated timeline for reopening the road next week.

Officials say the cleanup could save several months.

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