Another rockslide closes I-40 near NC line

HAYWOOD COUNTY, NC (WYFF) - A rockslide has closed part of Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The westbound lanes of I-40 near US 267, exit 20, west of Asheville are expected to be closed for a couple of weeks while crews clean up and stabilize the roadway.

Dispatchers said that one of the boulders, which fell near the border tunnel early Tuesday morning, is the size of the house.

The damage to the road doesn't seem to be as severe as the 2009 rockslide in the same area which closed the interstate for 6 months.

DOT officials said that section of I-40 will be closed until February 14.

DETOUR: Westbound I-40 traffic traveling to Tennessee is advised to take I-40 west to I-240 west (exit 53b) in Asheville, to I-26 west (exit 4a). Follow I-26 west from Asheville to I-81 South (exit 8a) in Tennessee, then back to I-40.

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