NCDOT now estimates that N.C. 163 near Glendale Springs could be opened by the end of September. The road was closed in early August to repair a slope next to the highway damaged due to storms.
According to NCDOT the closure had to be extended as crews worked to stabilize the top of the slope to make it safe to work below. That meant shooting soil nails and shotcrete (high pressured concrete) to keep the top from falling below. Large rocks have also been brought in to rebuild the slope.
If everything continues on track (weather permitting of course), the road could be opened by the end of September.
While the closure continues motorists will take the following 23-mile detour route:
· Take N.C. 163 and turn right onto U.S. 221. Turn right onto N.C. 16 and head back to N.C. 163.