- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. (AP) - Officials say Interstate 40 will be narrowed to two lanes in northern Haywood County for construction work this week.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation told The Asheville Citizen-Times (https://avlne.ws/1cNPPcr ) lane closures will begin May 26 and end by June 15. The construction will affect a two-mile section of the road in the Pigeon River Gorge.

The DOT says the three-week traffic shift will come just as vacation driving begins and motorists should expect congestion and possible delays.

Work began earlier this year on a $6.4 million project to remove soil and rock that could one day slide onto the roadway from the slope above. Workers will install bolts to stabilize the slope and netting to contain rocks that fall. The project is scheduled to run until spring 2016.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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