VolunteerTV.com recently reported:
"In a surprise announcement Sunday, the North Carolina Department of Transportation opened Interstate 40 earlier than scheduled. Sunday marks six months since a massive rockslide made the interstate impassable on the Tennessee/North Carolina state line.
'This has been the hardest project I have ever worked on', the NCDOT head inspector, Mike Patton, told Volunteer TV.
On October 25th boulders came tumbling down, covering all lanes. On April 25th there's finally a clear path and a safe route.
'We had planned on Tuesday morning, but we got finished on time and we'd planned all along we were going to open the road when we're done. And we're done', Patton explained.
More than 60 men worked in two shifts, 24 hours a day to finish the project. They battled delays as a harsh winter set in, but they knew the sooner they got the road open, the better.
'Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee have suffered because of this', Patton acknowledged. 'This is the main artery for this area.'"
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