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  1. The latest

    RoadTrippers;
    The latest from NCDOT is I-40 is expected to reopen on 27 April, next week. It is expected both eastbound lanes will be open, but that westbounders will see single-lane travel for...
  2. Hard to know the exact circumstances......

    ........but I'll guess the "first responders" had just arrived more or less simultaneous with the news camera crew and had not had opportunity to erect traffic barriers yet.

    OR

    ....the driver...
  3. As glc says, and........

    You probably want to try and avoid Raleigh and the whole Research Triangle Park area during rush hour (4-7pm or so) if you possibly can. Plus, consider the I-540 bypass around the north side of...
  4. ambeth22, I couldn't agree more with AZ Buck and...

    ambeth22,
    I couldn't agree more with AZ Buck and glc. Either the stated detour up to Johnson City, TN thence down I-26 or the I-64 to I-77 route are far preferable to your contemplated route. Of...
  5. And now the expected delays in re-opening date

    As of yesterday (23 February 2010), the NCDOT is now estimating "late April" as the reopening timeframe for I-40 on the western edge of NC. They cite the heavy snows, rains, and extended subfreezing...
  6. Absolutely, it does......

    .........and that stretch of I-40 has been unstable for decades, unfortunately.

    Foy
  7. And there's more..............

    .......another rockslide has covered I-40 at a point around 4 miles east of the Milepost 2.5 big slide. The new one impacted an already-closed section, is "limited" to some 50 dumptruck loads of...
  8. Local effects

    Dave,

    The rockslide itself is in the midst of an isolated segment of I-40 within the Pigeon River Gorge, itself within the western 1/4 or so of I-40's traverse of the southern Blue Ridge/northern...
  9. Correct

    To put it good old North Carolina terms: It's just a dang mess, that's what it is.

    Highly unstable, with large, widening cracks upslope of the present debris field. The only way in and out of the...
  10. Update 10/27/09

    As of this afternoon, NCDOT is estimating up to 3 MONTHS closure on I-40 at MP 2.6, just east of the TN line.

    Foy
  11. Some thoughts.......

    You're correct about the "shorter", but at least within the Madison County, NC section of US 25/70, from near where it leaves I-26 close to Marshall and the rest of the way to Hot Springs, NC, US...
  12. Local news

    According to our Capital City's TV station website, www.wral.com, the NCDOT is estimating the detour length to be some 140 miles. Having spent some time out there, I'd have to say they're right.
    ...
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