Sunday, April 25 — The stretch of Interstate 40 in Western North Carolina that has been closed by a rockslide since October will reopen today at 6 p.m., according to a press release today from the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Work will continue in the area through the summer as crews complete stabilization efforts – including the installation of rock bolts and anchor mesh – at five additional sites. Both eastbound lanes will be open; however, one westbound lane will be closed for about three miles for this work.
Truck restrictions have been put in place for that stretch of I-40 westbound. The restrictions are:
• Loads greater than 12 feet wide will be restricted from travel on the single westbound lane as long as work continues in the area. Wide loads traveling on I-40 West will continue to use the detour in place since the road was closed: take Exit 53B (I-240 West) in Asheville and follow I-240 West to Exit 4A (I-26 West). Follow I-26 West to I-81 South in Tennessee, back to I-40.
Traffic in the two eastbound lanes will adhere to normal weight/width restrictions.