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Interstate 40 Reopens After Landslide, But 1 Lane Each Way

NCDOT officials have reopened a portion of I-40.

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.

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