The westbound lanes of I-40 are closed from Exit 20 in Haywood County, NC through just west of Exit 451 in Tennessee. A rock slide is the reason and closure is estimated to last for two weeks. Eastbound lanes are open and are expected to remain open.
Through-travelers who are westbound are advised to take I-26 north from Asheville to I-81 at Johnson City, TN, thence I-81 south to Knoxville. Westbound travelers originating at Winston-Salem or points farther east can do better by taking I-73/77 north to Wytheville, VA to pick up I-81, thence south through Bristol to Knoxville.