Rockslide could take several months to clean up

RALEIGH — Interstate 40 is closed at mile marker 2.6 in North Carolina, near the Tennessee state line, due to a rockslide that occurred just after 2 a.m. today. The N.C. Department of Transportation has made an emergency declaration and has a contractor en route to begin clean up. Engineers’ initial estimates are that it could take several months to clean up the entire slide and restore traffic.

A detour has been set up. Motorists traveling west to Tennessee should take I-40 West to I-240 West in Asheville to I-26 West. Follow I-26 West from Asheville to I-81 South in Tennessee, back to I-40. Eastbound motorists will follow the reverse directions.

Due the nature of the slide, a top-down method may be used to remove the debris and stabilize the slide area. NCDOT is coordinating with the U.S. Forestry Service, who owns the land.

NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, travel at non-peak times and use alternate routes when possible. Plan ahead before driving by visiting the NCDOT Traveler Information Management System Web site at www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel/ or calling 511, the state’s free travel information line, for current travel conditions.

NCDOT also provides alerts about traffic congestion, construction work and changes to the ferry schedule on Twitter. To access them, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.


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