- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The state Department of Transportation is closing part of Interstate 40 in Haywood County so workers can reduce the chance of rock slides.

Officials say the highway will be closed from 4 a.m. Thursday until late Thursday night. Crews will close all lanes of I-40 from exit 20 to exit 451, which is in Tennessee.

Last week, workers closed a half-mile stretch of one lane of westbound Interstate 40 in northern Haywood County after two rock slides on May 29.

Crews will scale the rock wall between mile markers 7 and 8 to remove rocks that could become a threat.

Motorists traveling westbound on I-40 should take I-26 west to Johnson City, Tennessee, and then take I-81 south back to I-40. Eastbound motorists will reverse the detour.

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