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Yet another rockslide on I-40 in Western NC

Another rockslide hit Interstate 40 in Western North Carolina last week.  This time the rock slide occurred at mile 6.5 near the Harmon's Den exit (Exit 7).  This landslide occurred a few miles east of the major October 25th landslide that has kept Interstate 40 closed ever since.  Because of the I-40 closure from the October landslide, there was no traffic on the highway when the slide occurred.

Recent heavy rains in the area appear to have initiate the slide.  The amount of debris that has covered the roadway is about 50 dump trucks worth.  NCDOT expects to have this slide cleared in about three to four weeks.

NCDOT has said that the most recent slide has no impact on their cleanup from the October 25th slide.  They still expect Interstate 40 to be re-opened through the western mountains sometime in March.

You can follow updates on the I-40 Slide on twitter at: http://twitter.com/i40_rockslide

Story Links:
Heavy rains spawn rock, mud slides in WNC ---Asheville Citizen-Times
New rock slide hits I-40 ---Raleigh News & Observer

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