I40 reopens at NC border

Rocks crashed onto lanes of I-40 westbound already closed for a similar rockslide in Tennessee. (NCDOT)
February 5, 2012 8:05:24 AM PST
North Carolina transportation crews have removed 600 tons of rock that fell on to Interstate 40 in North Carolina just three days after a mud and rock slide eight miles away in Tennessee closed the westbound lanes of the highway Jan 31.

Crews from both states worked to reopen westbound I40 early Sunday. The eastbound lanes of the interstate have not been affected.

The mud slide in Tennessee happened Tuesday in Cocke County just over the state line, while the Friday rock slide in North Carolina happened around mile marker 7.

A massive rock slide on I-40 in North Carolina in October 2009 closed the interstate for six months.

The DOT said traffic should flow normally on I-40 West through North Carolina. However, motorists crossing into Tennessee will see the road narrow down to one lane at the site of the rockslide.

Motorists can access real-time travel information for I-40 West in North Carolina at any time by calling 511, visiting www.ncdot.gov/travel , accessing NCDOT’s mobile website by typing “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of their smartphones or following NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.

For updated information on I-40 West in Tennessee, visit the TDOT website and the TDOT SmartWay travel information map.

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