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...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 8 Am Est Monday... * What...heavy Mixed Precipitation. Additional Snow And Sleet Accumulations Of 1 To 6 Inches And Ice Accumulations Of Around One Tenth Of An Inch. Winds Gusting As High As 50 Mph. * Where...the Mountains Of The Carolinas And Northeast Georgia. * When...until 8 Am Est Monday. ...Read More.
Effective: January 16, 2022 at 10:13amExpires: January 17, 2022 at 8:00amTarget Area: Avery; Buncombe; Burke Mountains; Caldwell Mountains; Graham; Haywood; Henderson; Macon; Madison; McDowell Mountains; Mitchell; Northern Jackson; Polk Mountains; Rutherford Mountains; Southern Jackson; Swain; Transylvania; Yancey


I-40 Project Advances to Paving in Pigeon River Gorge

SYLVA – More than half of the construction is complete on a major project to rehabilitate the westernmost 15 miles of Interstate 40 in North Carolina.

A new phase of work begins this week when crews from Harrison Construction begin milling out old asphalt and placing a new surface from the Tennessee state line to the first tunnel, 4 miles into North Carolina. Crews will start on the eastbound lanes and transition between the two directions as work progresses this summer.  

This activity requires traffic to condense into one lane during weekday daytime hours until the resurfacing is complete in September. Drivers may experience delays during periods with heavy traffic while crews complete work on the $33.8 million contract.

This phase of construction includes milling, paving, and installation of new reflectors and high-visibility pavement markings, which will increase safety for passenger and commercial vehicles in the Pigeon River Gorge.

Crews have completed all work requiring lane closures from mile marker 15 to the tunnels in both directions. They have improved drainage structures, resurfaced the travel lanes and shoulders, and replaced the median wall with a taller version that includes crossover locations that could be utilized in case of emergency.

“The project is ahead of schedule and about 65 percent complete,” Division 14 Resident Engineer Nathan Tanner said. “We hope the work this summer has limited impact to traffic. We know it will have long-lasting benefits for all drivers.”

Drivers are encouraged to obey the speed limits and follow all posted signs in the work zone.

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Andy Rogers

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.
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