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  • #46
    they have been having heavy rain in that part of the state since early this morning ... I wouldn't be surprised in the least to hear of additional slides

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    • #47
      update

      taken from WRAL TV News


      Raleigh, N.C. — The state Department of Transportation said Tuesday that a stretch of Interstate 40 in western North Carolina could reopen by late April – six months after it was buried in a rock slide.

      The original contract called for the work to be completed in March, but winter weather has delayed the work, which included stabilizing a Haywood County mountainside, DOT Chief Engineer of Operations Jon Nance said.

      “This has been an incredibly harsh winter, and because of that, the specialty contractors have not been able to do as much work as planned,” Nance in a statement.

      Twenty-five inches of snow fell in the area since December – a 250 percent increase over the historic average – and 17 inches inches of rain fell on the area during the period – about a 30 percent increase over the historic average.

      While the highway has been closed, the DOT looked at the corridor and determined five other sites also need to be stabilized. The additional work shouldn't affect the reopening of I-40, Nance said.

      Four of the sites to be stabilized are just west of the area where the Oct. 25 rock slide occurred, near the Tennessee border. The fifth is 1.5 miles east of the rock slide site.

      The first phase of the work at these sites involves removing unstable rock. The work, which must be performed while the road is closed, should be completed before crews have finished shoring up the mountainside where the rock slide occurred, officials said.

      The rock slide has forced travelers to use a 53-mile detour to and from Tennessee on Interstates 26 and 81.

      State and contract workers have removed thousands of tons of boulders and unstable rock from the site of the rock slide. Crews are still installing 590 rock bolts to stabilize the mountainside. About half of the holes have been drilled, and 20 percent of the holes have been grouted, officials said.

      Even after I-40 reopens, about one mile of the westbound lane closest to the mountain will remain closed until the summer so crews can finish installing rock bolts and anchor mesh at the five additional sites.



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      • #48
        good news

        INTERSTATE 40 ROCKSLIDE UPDATE FOR APRIL 22 Thursday, April 22, 2010

        Helicopter installs last rock bolt needed to reopen road

        RALEIGH – The Sikorsky helicopter had a single goal when it lifted off this morning: to install the last set of rock bolts needed to reopen Interstate 40 by April 27.

        When it reached that magic number of 31 rock bolts late in the afternoon, the echo of its whirring blades against the mountain sounded like thunderous applause for a job well done.

        That was just the latest achievement in a week of milestones that also includes completion of the drilling required to reopen I-40 and the repaving of the road in front of the rockslide.

        Crews expect to begin grouting rock bolts into place tomorrow. Over the weekend they will add an extra factor of safety by securing each of them with a 15 pound plate and a one pound nut.

        By the weekend, they also expect to complete construction of a ring net fence – 10 feet high, 110 feet long – to protect motorists from loose rocks or debris that might tumble from the rockslide site.

        This section of I-40 near the Tennessee border has been closed in both directions since the rockslide occurred on Oct. 25. Before the rockslide, about 19,000 vehicles a day traveled on the road; approximately 45 percent were trucks.

        The total cost for the project is estimated to be $12.9 million. Nearly 100 percent of this cost will be reimbursed by the federal government.

        Work will continue in the area through the summer as crews complete stabilization efforts – including the installation of rock bolts and anchor mesh – at five additional sites. Both eastbound lanes will be open; however, one westbound will be closed for about three miles for this work.

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        • #49
          Great accomplishment and great news for us. We will be at Pride Resort May 16-21, just down the road.
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          • #50
            update

            one westbound lane of I-40 near the NC/Tn state line has reopened .... that is truly good news for those of us who have plans to head west in the near future .... unfortunately, with its history, the bet is this will not be the last slide in that area

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            • #51
              Is that your route of choice for next month's gathering?
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              • #52
                Originally posted by Popeye View Post
                Is that your route of choice for next month's gathering?
                10-4 .... will be following I-40 through NC and into Tn .... will cut north off of 40 at Knoxville

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                • #53
                  Well, keep a sharp eye out
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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Popeye View Post
                    Well, keep a sharp eye out
                    understood .... years ago when they had the last major slide we had driven through there less than a day earlier .... on our way back home we had to take a very different route

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                    • #55
                      update

                      on Aug 5, 2010 when we reentered NC via I-40 the east bound lanes were wide open .... west bound traffic was still restricted to one lane through the area of the slide .... from the looks of the work going on, I don't anticipate that changing for a good while to come .... traffic backups in that area are entirely dependent upon the volume of traffic at any given time .... folks needing to travel that section of west bound I-40 would be wise to try to do so at non-peak traffic times

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                      • #56
                        That truly shocks me that they are still working on it.

                        Just last year we had the entire west bound lane of 64 sink on the west side of Ashland KY. This altered our travel route to Maysville Ky for winter racing. We choose to travel up the ohio side and cut over at the Greenup locks and dams. But our trips home we always had to hit 64 east bound in order to dump our tanks at the Flying J right outside Ashland. While there is still road work going on in that area it is not due to the sinking area. Its just a vast road repair for both WV and KY. Actually WV may take a while they are replacing an entire bridge. This may once again detour our west bound route but we still must hit the area east bound.

                        We also locally (in ohio) suffered a rock slide that took the state a full week to remove. While small rock slides in that are are common there hasn't been a large rock slide in that area since I was a very young girl. They hired a team to come and remove some extra rocks the state felt may fall in the next few years, seams thats what took them so long to get the road cleared for travel again.
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                        • #57
                          Again

                          well, a major rock slide has closed I-40 once again .... I sure hope the politicians who forced the construction of I-40 to run through that area (against the advice of the engineers) are happy .... once again millions of dollars and months of inconvenience for thousands and thousands of folks is going to have to be spent to reopen I-40

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                          • #58
                            I think about it as we go through that area every fall. We spend a few days in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area on our annual trek to Florida and that includes a day trip to Maggie Valley and Waynesville.

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                            • #59
                              Hope they get it cleared by June, we will be going thru there on the way to Oriental, NC..
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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by JEBar View Post
                                well, a major rock slide has closed I-40 once again .... I sure hope the politicians who forced the construction of I-40 to run through that area (against the advice of the engineers) are happy .... once again millions of dollars and months of inconvenience for thousands and thousands of folks is going to have to be spent to reopen I-40

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