Tunnel work to cause delays on I-40

The N.C. Department of Transportation will conduct inspections of three tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 in Haywood County, causing traffic delays for motorists during August.

The tunnels being examined are located between the Tennessee border and Exit 15 (Fines Creek). One of the tunnels is on the eastbound side of the interstate and one is on the westbound side.

All work will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Work on the two tunnels will be conducted by shutting down one lane of traffic.

The tunnels on I-40 East will be examined on the following dates:

Eastbound tunnel: Sunday, July 29-Wednesday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 5-Monday, Aug. 6

Westbound tunnel: Tuesday, Aug. 7-Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 12-Wednesday, Aug. 15.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511 or visit www.ncdot.gov/travel.

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