- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A forecast of stormy weather has led the N.C. Department of Transportation to reschedule blasting along Interstate 40 in Haywood County.

NCDOT rescheduled the first day of blasting for Wednesday. It had been scheduled for Tuesday.

The interstate will be blocked for one 30-minute period between sunrise and 10 a.m. When it’s time for detonation, eastbound drivers will encounter a rolling roadblock at Tennessee exit 447. Westbound drivers will be slowed at exit 20 near Maggie Valley. Law enforcement cars and contractor vehicles will lead travelers toward the blast site. When the “all clear” is sounded, drivers can move through the blasting area.

Workers are stabilizing the mountainside near exit 7 and removing loose boulders to reduce the risk of rockslides. The project is scheduled for completion in October.

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