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I-40 Partially Reopening In Western North Carolina

Crews working on cleaning up a rockslide on I-40 in Western North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it will re-open one lane of Interstate 40 in Western North Carolina in each direction at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.  A 20-mile stretch of the road from exit 20 in North Carolina (state route 276/Jonathan Creek Road) to the Tennessee state line has been closed since a rockslide occurred at milemarker 7.5 Friday evening.

Interstate 40 won't fully re-open for around another six weeks as crews will continue to do work  in hopes of preventing future rockslides according to NC DOT.  Before the two lanes could re-open today, a 500-foot area near Hurricane Creek needed to be stabilized following Friday evening's slide, which occurred during a multiple-day stretch of heavy rainfall in the region.  

NC DOT warns motorists delays will be heavy on I-40 until the road is fully re-opened.  For real-time traffic conditions on the road, residents can check the website DriveNC.gov.

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.
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