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Rock slide occurs on closed section of I-40

Posted February 3, 2012

— Three days after the North Carolina Department of Transportation closed westbound Interstate 40 west of Asheville because of a rock slide in Tennessee, another rock slide occurred along the closed highway.

The DOT said Friday that a rock slide occurred near milepost 7, just east of the state line in Haywood County.

Westbound lanes remain closed while crews in Tennessee clear the debris from the roadway and stabilize other rocks in the area. Eastbound lanes of I-40 aren't affected by either slide.

DOT engineers were assessing the extent of the North Carolina slide, and the agency had no timetable for clearing the debris and any stabilization effort.

A detour for westbound traffic remains in place.

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  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Feb 3, 5:25 p.m.

    gitchigumi: re-read the article. the road was closed 3 days BEFORE the rockslide.

  • NoRespect Feb 3, 4:43 p.m.

    Wow, it had to be almost a psychic moment to know which section to close and when. It couldn't have been easy to convince the DOT to close a major highway "on spec". They really did well !!! I hope the person making the decision to close it is rewarded for good sense. Well done !
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    SLR: That section had already been closed because of an earlier rock slide. Happened last week, I think... It was not intuition or divine intervention... It was closed in reaction to the physical event (a rock slide) that had occurred.

  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Feb 3, 4:35 p.m.

    Wow, it had to be almost a psychic moment to know which section to close and when. It couldn't have been easy to convince the DOT to close a major highway "on spec". They really did well !!! I hope the person making the decision to close it is rewarded for good sense. Well done !

  • GoSteelers Feb 3, 4:35 p.m.

    Just WEST of the state line? Try again!ncopperino

    Actually with the way I-40 twists and turns (following the route of the Pigeon River) it could be west of the NC state line.

  • unc70 Feb 3, 4:29 p.m.

    Yes, it is more-or-less the same area that was closed for months that time. It is all in a 20-30 mile stretch that has a type of rock and in formations that make it very difficult to build upon.

  • copperino Feb 3, 3:32 p.m.

    Just WEST of the state line? Try again!

  • anne53ozzy Feb 3, 3:27 p.m.

    Is this the same area that was affected a few years ago?