I-40 delays possible next week

Feb 01, 2013

 

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will perform work on three tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 in Haywood County over a two-week period starting Monday, Feb. 4.

The work will involve special inspections to the lighting systems of the tunnels. The inspections should take approximately three days to complete, but due to the possibility of adverse weather, NCDOT has allotted two weeks for the work. All work is scheduled to be completed Feb. 15, weather permitting.

The tunnel work and lane closures will take place in the following order:

Monday, Feb.4

  • Traffic reduced to a single lane at the tunnel on I-40 West between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border.
  • Tunnel on I-40 East between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border will be closed and traffic will be routed around the tunnel.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

  • Traffic reduced to a single lane at the tunnel on I-40 West between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border.
  • Depending on how work progresses, one of two additional closure options are possible:

o   Tunnel on I-40 East between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border will be closed and traffic will be routed around tunnel; or

o   Traffic reduced to single lane at the tunnel on I-40 East between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and Exit 15 (Fines Creek).

Wednesday, Feb. 6

  • Traffic reduced to a single lane at the tunnel on I-40 East between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and Exit 15 (Fines Creek).

The lane closures may not follow those exact dates depending on adverse weather and how long each special inspection takes. NCDOT will keep the public informed of significant changes in the work schedule.

All work on the tunnels will be performed by employees of NCDOT’s Haywood County Maintenance Office.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter atwww.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.  Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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