I-40 in Haywood County to close Thursday
(Asheville Citizen-Times) The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a portion of Interstate 40 Thursday in Haywood County to try to eliminate potential rock slide hazards. I-40 will be closed at 4 a.m. Thursday until late Thursday night, DOT said Tuesday. Crews will shut down all lanes of I-40 from exit 20 to exit 451, which is in Tennessee, about a mile from the N.C. border. Last week, workers closed a half-mile stretch of one lane of westbound Interstate 40 in the Pigeon River Gorge in northern Haywood County after two rock slides Thursday near mile marker 8. Crews will scale the rock wall between mile markers 7 and 8 to remove rocks that could become a threat to the traveling public. As for detours, motorists traveling westbound on I-40 should take I-26 west to Johnson City, Tenn., and then take I-81 south back to I-40, east of Knoxville, DOT said. Eastbound motorists will reverse the detour.
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