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Rockslide shuts down interstate near North Carolina-Tennessee line. One lane reopens

Rock slide closes Interstate 40 in NC mountains

A rock slide closed Interstate 40 in the North Carolina mountains on Friday night, and the highway will stay shut for a week as crews stabilize the mountainside, N.C. Department of Transportation officials said.
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A rock slide closed Interstate 40 in the North Carolina mountains on Friday night, and the highway will stay shut for a week as crews stabilize the mountainside, N.C. Department of Transportation officials said.

A rockslide on Monday shut down part of I-40 West near the Tennessee state line.

One lane of the interstate has reopened, and traffic will be allowed to pass, the North Carolina Department of Transportation tweeted.

Only the one lane will be open through the night, the NCDOT tweeted.

The rockslide happened about 1:15 p.m near Exit 7, which is Cold Springs Creek Road, according to the NCDOT.

Rocks in the road had stopped traffic in the area, according to an NCDOT tweet.

The NCDOT recommended drivers use an alternate route.

“Traffic heading west toward Tennessee may consider using a detour to that uses a combination of I-40, I-240, I-26, and I-81 through Asheville and Johnson City,” it said in a press release.

The NCDOT believes heavy rain had something to do with the rockslide.

Another, larger slide occurred less than a mile away from Monday’s in February, according to the NCDOT.





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