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Rockslide Occurs on I-40 West in Haywood County; One Lane Closed

Rockslide Photo 1The following press release has been furnished by NCDOT:

At approximately 7:45 p.m. this evening, a rockslide occurred on Interstate 40 West at Mile Marker 7 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border. One lane of I-40 West (the right lane) is currently closed at the site of the slide.

Engineers from the N.C. Department of Transportation, including geotechnical engineers, are currently on the scene assessing the slide to determine how it can be cleared and when the road can be reopened. Crews are on the scene putting up traffic control devices to close the lane and warn motorists.

More information will be released as NCDOT engineers determine a cleanup schedule.

Rockslide Photo 2NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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