Portion of I40 closed

Last Updated on January 31, 2012 11:47 am

Though it's not in this immediate area, it is worth noting if travels plans take you in southwest NC.

Due to a rockslide in Cocke County, Tennessee, Interstate 40 West is currently closed at Exit 20 (U.S. 276) in North Carolina. The rockslide occurred near Mile Marker 451 in Tennessee, approximately 1 mile from the border. At this time, Tennessee Department of Transportation expects the road to remain closed until Feb. 14 as crews work to stabilize the area of the slide.

Because of this, traffic traveling on I-40 West in North Carolina is being detoured. Motorists traveling west to Tennessee should take I-240 West in Asheville to I-26 West, then follow I-26 West to I-81 South in Tennessee back to I-40. A map of the detour route is attached.

Motorists are advised to expect increased traffic in Asheville. Message boards with traffic and detour information will be activated.

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