Repair work to cause delays on I-40 in western NC

New stretch of road covered by debris

May 16, 2010 9:13:47 AM PDT
Traffic on Interstate 40 in western North Carolina will be delayed as work crews continue to make repairs in the area where a rockslide closed the highway for six months. The state Transportation Department said a rolling road block will begin shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday near Exit 20 in Haywood County and Exit 447 in Tennessee. The rolling roadblock will last no more than 30 minutes.

During that time, a helicopter will ferry supplies to mountaintop areas near the site of the Oct. 25 rockslide, weather permitting.

After 30 minutes, traffic will be allowed to flow. Once traffic returns to normal, another rolling roadblock will be created for no more than 30 minutes to allow the helicopter to fly again.

The process should continue through Sunday afternoon.

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