Rockslide closes I-40 in N.C.

Updated Oct 30, 2009
North Carolina Department of Transportation officials estimate it could take a few months to open this stretch of I-40 to traffic. (Courtesy NCDOT)North Carolina Department of Transportation officials estimate it could take a few months to open this stretch of I-40 to traffic. (Courtesy NCDOT)

Interstate 40 is closed in North Carolina near the Tennessee state line due to a rockslide that could take several months to clear away.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has made an emergency declaration and has a contractor en route to begin clean up. Engineers estimate it could take several months to clean up the slide and restore traffic. No one was injured or damage reported due to the rockslide.

A detour has been set up. Motorists traveling west to Tennessee should take I-40 West to I-240 West in Asheville to I-26 West. Follow I-26 West from Asheville to I-81 South in Tennessee, back to I-40. Eastbound motorists will follow the reverse directions.

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