The N.C. Department of Transportation is increasing safety on the spot.
A crew will begin replacing distressed asphalt on Interstate 40 between Fines Creek Road (Exit 15) and the Tennessee state line, starting on Monday, Nov. 13.
A crew from Harrison Construction of Asheville will mill out old asphalt that could degrade into potholes and replace the surface with new asphalt before winter conditions increase the difficulty of paving.
They expect to complete the work by Dec. 15, in time for Christmas travel. Crews will be working in eastbound and westbound lanes and will require daytime and nighttime lane closures.
However, all lanes will be open from Exit 15 to the state line each weekend between 3 p.m. on Fridays and 9 p.m. on Sundays. In addition, all lanes will be open during the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period from 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, until to 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.
Drivers are urged to slow down, pay extra attention to driving and obey all posted signs in work zones.