194 update

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194 between Valle Crucis and Matney/Banner Elk will not be open by the time school starts back on Wednesday. NCDOT closed a section of the road, from Tom Shook Road to Rominger Road, on Monday, July 18.

The closure, originally planned for about three weeks, is to stabilize a steep slope and build retaining walls along this section of winding road, as well as repaving it. They have determined that while grading the steep terrain for the walls that additional safety precautions need to be taken to protect motorists from the potential of rocks and soil falling into the highway.

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