HARMON DEN, N.C. (WATE) – A rockslide has closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee state lines through sometime later on Monday.
The slide was reported around 1:15 p.m. at mile marker 7.5. Crews found three large boulders in a ditch beside the road and determined others needed to be removed to prevent them from falling as well.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation says recent heavy rains probably contributed to the loosening of the rocks.
At least one lane is expected to reopen sometime Monday evening.
Traffic heading west toward Tennessee are asked to consider a detour using a combination of I-40, I-240, I-26 and I-81 through Asheville and Johnson City. This will likely add around 50 minutes to your trip.
A larger slide happened in this area in February.