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Rocks cleared from I-40W in Haywood County

Posted August 19, 2013
Updated August 20, 2013

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— All lanes of Interstate 40 West near mile marker 7 in Haywood County reopened early Tuesday after rocks slid onto the road Monday evening. 

Engineers closed the right lane of the road for several hours while crews worked to clear an estimated 50 truckloads of debris. 

It wasn't clear what caused the slide. 

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  • oleguy Aug 21, 2013

    81 Is no Big new secret,, On average its always faster, never closed because of rocks or Fog,,,
    But you dont get the views of the mountains up close,,

  • oleguy Aug 21, 2013

    Gravity DUH,,,

  • common tater Aug 20, 2013

    Gravity...good one. I didn't believe Baldchip till I looked it up...it's only 10 miles further to go via 81...wow. As for firefalcon, it's impossible to 100% secure every roadside in NC. They could use the entire NC budget every year and still not guarantee there would be no slides ... especially after record rainfall totals.

  • luvstoQ Aug 20, 2013

    firefalcon100, NCDOT is doing a great job of trying to secure the rock faces on those mountains. They do the best they can - no one can contain them completely. Could you do a better job? How about stop complaining, and try complimenting?

  • firefalcon100 Aug 20, 2013

    that's just their way of saying they poorly secured the rock face and don't want to accept blame

  • baldchip Aug 20, 2013

    Good job NCDOT!! What a road. If you get tired of driving this road to Knoxville, take US 52 north from Winston Salem to I-74 to I-77-N to I-81 South to Knoxville. It takes 15 more minutes but is a much easier drive-less sharp 60+MPH curves.

  • sidecutter Aug 20, 2013

    Immaannoid you are a trip!!!!!

  • hp277 Aug 20, 2013

    Good job, NCDOT.

    It should be obvious that the slide was caused by the extremely wet weather we have been having all summer.

  • BernsteinIII Aug 20, 2013

    "It wasn't clear what caused the slide. "

    Gravity.