- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Department of Transportation says a section of U.S. Highway 176 in Polk County will remain closed at least through the next few weeks as engineers determine how to prevent additional rockslides onto the highway.

Department officials say the road was closed earlier this month because rocks and mud began sliding onto the road. Engineers from the NCDOT Geotechnical Unit decided to have the remaining part of the slide area removed for the safety of motorists. That work was completed this week, but rocks came down from higher up on the mountainside.

A statement from the department says the next step will be determining how to secure the higher location, perhaps with a retaining wall and/or wire netting to keep additional boulders and rocks from getting to the highway.

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