Sunday, February 05, 2012

I-40 westbound reopened Sunday

Update: Tennessee 511 is reporting that one lane of I-40 Westbound in Cocke County, Tennessee is now open. The affected part of the interestate is between mile marker 450 and mile marker 451. Motorists should expect slowdowns and potentially lengthy delays until the rock slide is fully cleared.

A second rock slide developed on the North Carolina side of I-40 Westbound on Friday. NCDOT 511 is reporting that all lanes effected by the rock slide are now open.

Earlier story below ................

Officials have been hard at work to reopen I-40 westbound in Cocke County, Tennessee. WATE is reporting that one lane of the roadway may be open as early as 2:00 pm today. The rock slide that closed this portion of I-40 happened just under a week ago.

On Friday, another rock slide struck on the North Carolina side of I-40 westbound. This section of the interstate was already closed. Officials there hope to have the roadway open by Sunday evening. Traffic has continued to flow normally on the unaffected eastbound side.

Weather conditions can potentially slow down efforts to reopen the interstate. Drivers can call 511 twenty-four hours a day for updates on road conditions throughout the state.

Tennessee 511 system can be followed on Twitter for some parts of the state. The TDOT SmartWay Mobile is also available. It is free and nothing has to be downloaded. Visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/default.htm.

These articles on Tennessee byways may be of interest for future trips