Interstate 40 Reopens After Landslide, But 1 Lane Each Way
North Carolina transportation officials have reopened a portion of Interstate 40 closed when a landslide brought mud, rocks and other debris onto the roadway.
David Uchiyama of the N.C. Department of Transportation said Thursday that while it's reopened, I-40 only has one lane of traffic in each direction through the mountains. Prior to the reopening, traffic was being rerouted 50 miles around the spot where the slide occurred.
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The department said I-40 has been closed since Feb. 22, after a rock slide covered the westbound lanes at mile marker 7.5, near exit 20. Officials said rock and other debris continued to fall on the road the following day.
NCDOT crews opened Interstate 40 to one lane of traffic in each direction around a rockslide at MM 7.5. Traffic will be in a one-lane pattern for 400 feet. Expect delays until repairs are completed. The speed limit is 45 MPH in the active work zone. pic.twitter.com/ZADLZc6k1R— NCDOT (@NCDOT) February 28, 2019
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