New rockslide in closed section of I-40

New stretch of road covered by debris

January 24, 2010 5:11:53 AM PST
A new rockslide occurred on the closed section of Interstate 40 in the western part of North Carolina late Friday or early Saturday, causing rocks and loose material to cover an additional small section of the westbound lanes, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said.The section of highway where the slide took place has been closed since a much larger slide October 25.

The new slide happened a mile marker 6.5, about four miles east of the larger slide. It brought down an estimated 500 cubic yards of rock onto the highway.

The largest rock was the size of an SUV, and the material on the highway covers an area 40 feet long and 50 feet wide, officials said.

NCDOT is now preparing a new clean-up plan for the area.

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