A section of I-40 was closed Friday when the heat from a tanker truck explosion caused an overpass to collapse.
A three-mile stretch of highway between Icard and Valdese was originally expected to re-open this coming Friday, but crews got the work done early and the Interstate opened Monday afternoon.
The bridge itself will remain closed for at least a year, but the North Carolina Department of Transportation has created a make-shift bridge to handle traffic until then.
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