Raleigh - Transportation officials have opened a seven-mile stretch of westbound I-40 in Johnston County that closed as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
The westbound lanes of the interstate -from mile marker 341 to mile marker 334 -had been closed since Sunday, when heavy rain washed out both lanes near N.C. 96, east of Benson. Drivers had to be detoured onto N.C. 55 to N.C. 50 to N.C. 96 while crews assessed and repaired the roadway.
Although the surface of the highway was intact, crews had to fill a gaping hole beneath the surface and also examine for damage a pipe running underneath both lanes of I-40 West. Work involved cutting out the pavement, assessing the pipe and then re-laying it before repaving the road.
This stretch of I-40 was among hundreds of state-maintained roads and highways that were forced closed as a result of the weekend storm.
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