NC road work detours some westbound rigs

| 11/7/2003

Road crews have traffic down to one lane in both directions for repairs along I-40 near Asheville, NC.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is requiring westbound commercial vehicles exceeding 12 feet in width to detour around the construction.

Through traffic was reduced to one lane from mile marker 20 to 15 westbound and 13 to 20 eastbound in the Pigeon River gorge. Westbound vehicles exceeding 12 feet in width are required to detour around the area. Eastbound vehicles are not required to deviate from their route.

NCDOT spokeswoman Beth Anne Atkins said rerouted rigs were advised to take I-26 west to I-81.

Workers will pour solid concrete median barriers, reshape the slope of curves and lay new asphalt, Atkins said. The $7.1 million project is scheduled to end in September 2004 with new pavement laid along the stretch.

-by Keith Goble, staff writer

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