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Lane of westbound I-40 in North Carolina closed after rocks fall

The cause of the slides will be investigated before a decision is made to re-open the lane.

The Associated Press

5/30/2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Part of the right westbound lane of Interstate 40 in Haywood County is closed as a precaution after rocks fell from a mountainside.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says the closure affects less than a half-mile of the interstate at mile marker 8 at the Cold Springs Creek Road exit. A statement on Friday said the first rocks fell Thursday afternoon, while a second set of rocks fell in the evening.

No rocks fell on the roadway, and a concrete barrier is in place as a precautionary measure. The one lane is expected to remain closed until at least Monday.

The cause of the slides will be investigated before a decision is made to re-open the lane.

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