RALEIGH - The N.C.
Department of Transportation will close one lane of Interstate 40 West at
Mile Marker 7 (Harmon Den) in Haywood County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday,
March 22, weather permitting. The closure is necessary so that crews can perform
a slope scaling operation.
To conduct the operation, crews will scale down in harnesses
from the top of the slope and manually remove loose rocks with a scale bar,
which is similar to a crow bar. This slope had rock catchment netting placed
over it in 2010, and the scaling operation will enable the netting to work more
The work is part of NCDOT's ongoing program to monitor slope
activity in the Pigeon River Gorge and respond proactively to any changes.
The contractor for the $5,136 project is Ameritech Slope
Constructors Inc. of Asheville.
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