CLYDE — Drivers headed to Tennessee on Interstate 40 Thursday will have a longer trip because inspectors checking mountain slopes for stability have closed the 20 westernmost miles of the road, the state Department of Transportation said.
Traffic is being shunted off both sides of I-40 at Exit 451 in Tennessee and Exit 20 in North Carolina, which is the interchange with U.S. 276, from 4 a.m. until midnight, the DOT reported.
Westbound through traffic, DOT said, should exit onto Interstate 240, then take Interstate 26 to Interstate 81 to I-40 in Tennessee. Eastbound through traffic is being sent on the reverse of that route from Exit 421.
Rock slides onto I-40 are a problem in both states where the road was cut through the mountains.