Transportation officials in North Carolina say the stretch of Interstate 40 closed by a rockslide should reopen soon.
The state Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that the section of I-40 near the Tennessee border should be open to traffic on April 27. The stretch has been closed in both directions since the rockslide occurred last Oct. 25.
Work crews still have several tasks to complete before the road reopens, including drilling 10 more holes on the vertical edge of the slope and installing 31 more rock bolts in the mountain to shore it up.
Work will continue in the area through the summer as crews complete stabilization efforts. Both eastbound lanes will be open, but one westbound lane will be closed for about three miles as work continues.