Rock slide closes Interstate 40 in NC mountains
Travelers on Interstate 40 in western North Carolina will see lane restrictions for an additional 30 days, as crews work to repair damage caused by a February landslide at the Tennessee state line.
The heavily traveled section of interstate is currently down to one lane in each direction at the site of the slide, near mile marker 7. The speed limit has also been reduced in the area, from 55 mph to 45.
An extra 30 days is needed to install additional safety measures to “help prevent future slides and closures near the Harmon Den exit,” said the release.
The interstate was entirely closed through the mountains for five days, after a slide brought tons of rock, trees and dirt down onto the travel lanes the night of Feb. 22. Rock was still falling at the site the following morning, according to state officials.
No injuries to motorists were reported during the rock slide.
“The cleanup and repairs have included removing more than 10,000 tons of debris, installing rock anchors, hanging wire mesh and building a retaining wall,” NCDOT said in the release.