Asheville - A localized power outage in western North Carolina has forced the Department of Transportation to temporarily close a rest area on Interstate 40.
The welcome center on eastbound I-40 in Haywood County closed Thursday morning when a nearby power line was disrupted. The facility will re-open as soon as power is restored, which is expected to be Thursday evening at the earliest.
Other rest areas in Western North Carolina were not impacted. For motorists continuing east on I-40 the next rest stop is at mile marker 82 in Marion County. Those transferring to I-26 East can utilize the rest stop at mile marker 41 in Henderson County. Another rest stop opened earlier this year in the Basalm area off the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway in Haywood County just two miles east of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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