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Old 10-26-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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I-40 Closed near NC/TN Border

If any of you are traveling along I-40 in the NC/TN border area, be aware of a major rock slide that occurred over the weekend. Thankfully no one was hurt but the highway will be closed for several months. This was a MAJOR slide. I am linking the NCDOT website. That picture on the site is just a small part of this. The detour set up is only about 140 miles.

Here is a link to one of the local television stations with a video of it:

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Old 10-26-2009, 08:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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Ouch, those are some big rocks! We just recently had a slide 1/2 mile long completely obliterate one of our local highways and shut down a major mountain pass. An entire mountain side came down and covered the area in 20' of dirt and rock. It also slid into a river altering its course and flooding or destroying several houses in the process. State says they more than likely will not be able to rebuild the road in it's old location and it certainly will not get fixed until after the winter. Check out the photos:
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:42 PM   #4
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Just made the trip to North Carolina and back to Tennesse this weekend in my wife's vehicle. I took US 25/70 E from Newport, Tn through Hot Springs, NC and Weaverville NC to I-26. According to the GPS, the trip was 30 minutes longer than the normal I-40 route. I saw a few RVs, but not could count them on one hand. The road is mostly 2 lane and winds across several step grades. If I were towing, I think I would take the I-81 to I-26 suggested route. However, it sure was a beautiful ride this afternoon!
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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Now one of the alternate routes, US64/74 had a rock slide closing it for a couple of weeks.

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