Asheville - Signs are changing in Western North Carolina.
Digital message boards that once notified motorists that U.S. 64/74A is closed have a new message. The main route through Chimney Rock Village and Lake Lure is now open to all motorists.
The opening of their artery, as well as the opening of N.C. 9 near Bat Cave, allows all through traffic to resume standard patterns on roads which had been closed due to the Party Rock Fire in Henderson and McDowell counties.
An eight-mile stretch of U.S. 64/74A between Bat Cave and the intersection of N.C. 9 closed on Friday, November 11. A separate stretch of N.C. 9 from Bat Cave to Shumont Road closed for five days before opening over the weekend.
Commercial vehicles delivering food and others supplies were allowed through the area early Monday morning, and school busses also resumed their normal routes.
Despite the improvements, dangers still exist in the area including burned trees, smoldering stumps and cured trees which could tumble. Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution through the area, follow posted signs, and remain alert for all hazards including emergency vehicles and personnel.
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