Lanes closed to create I-40 delays as rockslide project ends


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Highway officials are warning about significant delays as road work is planned on Interstate 40 in the North Carolina mountains.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says crews will close one of two lanes in each direction of I-40 near Exit 7 starting Wednesday.

The DOT says crews will spend three weeks paving, putting up a new median wall and drainage. It is the end of a project that included a new fence and netting to collect rocks before they can slide onto the road.

Trucks wider than 14 feet will be required to detour through Johnson City, Tennessee. DOT officials say that might be a good alternative for all travelers if the delays get too long.

Rockslides in the area closed I-40 in 1997, 2009 and 2015.

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