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NEW Rock slide in I-40 just miles away from the massive rock slide already being cleared on I-40

It looks like another, smaller rock slide has taken place just a few miles away from the site of the major rock slide that workers have been trying to clear up for the past several months.  The good news is, officials still estimate they will be able to get the road open again in March. 

While this one is smaller, it was still big enough to have a boulder the size of an SUV.  I’d hate to see that coming down the mountain at me.  This was also along the portion of I-40 that has been closed as they clear the larger rock slide, so it didn’t disturb anyone who may have been driving along I-40. 

Apparently the slide happened sometime late Friday or early Saturday morning.  A crew member discovered the slide Saturday morning.

I’m working on getting someone from the NC DOT to come on the GoSmoky.com Internet Talk Show to discuss the slide, as I’ve had LOTS of traffic on the blog on stories concerning the rock slide. More info at the link below on the most recent slide…

http://www.witn.com/stateregional/headlines/82549422.html

Raymond

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Work continues as more than 500 bolts are being inserted into mountainside at I-40 rock slide location

It looks like things are still on track to get I-40 back open by March.  The rock slide mountain that closed the interstate near the NC/TN border back in October is being drilled with bolts to keep the mountain in place as much as possible.  Eventually, more than 500 bolts will be in place.

You can find regular updates on progress on the mountain at http://www.ncdot.org/travel/i40_rockslide/.

I’m planning on being in the area in a couple of weeks.  I’ll post more about that trip soon. I’ll also keep you updated on what I find with regard to how the slide is impacting area businesses.

Raymond

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Rock slide on I-40 good AND bad for business… and increasing Smoky Mountain traffic

The Smoky Mountains are seeing a major impact ever since the huge rock slide closed portions of I-40 in North Carolina October 25th.  The traffic through the park (from Cherokee to Gatlinburg) as people take that route around the rock slide.  According to this story… http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091228/NEWS01/91228004/2066/NEWS03, officials are seeing about 1,000 cars per day more than what they usually see this time of year.  That’s a significant impact on a winding 2 lane road. 

While I haven’t been up there since the rock slide, my mom and grandmom went to Knoxville a couple of weeks ago, and they said HOURS were added to their detour (around the rock slide via interstate.)  If I were driving up there during the day, I’d take the road through the park.  If I’m going to spend an extra hour or two in the car, I just assume it’s driving through the park.

Business is also seeing a major impact.  I told you back in November…   https://gosmoky.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/rock-slide-work-continues-some-businesses-may-get-federal-assistance/… that some businesses that are seeing less business due to the slide may be getting Federal aid.  Well, it appears that the traffic moving through the park may be helping improve the bottom line for other businesses.  In this article, http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091228/NEWS01/91228005/I-40+shutdown+is+a+blessing++curse+for+businesses one business owner says they have seen a 20-30% increase in business since the rock slide. 

I’m hoping to get back up there myself in a month or so for a long weekend.  I’ll let you know how things go when I take that trip. 

Raymond

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Rock slide work continues… some businesses may get Federal assistance…

The rock slide on I-40 in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains is causing big problems for businesses in the area….  it looks like they could soon get federal assistance.  I’m generally a hands-off kind of guy when it comes to govt. aid.  However, a natural disaster that impacts business is an exception.  The rock slide might not seem like a major natural disaster, but when a small business that depends on people driving down I-40, it’s a major disaster when those drivers are re-routed away from their businesses.  You can read more about the federal aid here…  http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20091122/NEWS01/911220314&theme=ROCKSLIDE

The work on the rock slide is going to take awhile.  12 trucks are working on carrying away the debris… as of Thursday, they had already taken 130 loads of debris away from the interstate.  It looks like they are keeping the debris for future use in road-work.  That’s a great way to recycle the materials.  Read more about moving the debris here… http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/1064623.html