Department of Transportation crews are currently working to open the outside
lane of Interstate 40 West following a rockslide that took place around 12:15
this morning at Mile Marker 7 in Haywood County, near the Tennessee border.
During the rockslide, approximately 50 tons of material, the
equivalent of four to five dump truck loads, fell onto the shoulder of I-40
West, with some landing in the outside lane. Crews closed the outside lane
after the rockslide occurred. The inside lane of I-40 West and both lanes of
I-40 East are open to traffic.
NCDOT geotechnical engineers examined the site this morning
and determined that crews could proceed with reopening the outside lane. Crews
are expected to have the lane opened later today.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for travel
information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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