|Published: 4:10 PM, 01/28/2013
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
North Carolina transportation officials
plan to open an on-site detour route around a closed section of the
Cherohala Skway in Graham County near the Tennessee state line.
The entire road could be open to
traffic by Monday or sooner.
Part of the westbound lane of the road
was washed down a 1,000-foot ravine Jan. 17, forcing the North
Carolina Department of Transportation to close the scenic road.
Joel Setzer, Division 14 engineer with
NCDOT in Sylva, said a contracting firm is working to build the
temporary detour using the existing eastbound shoulder of the road.
Setzer said the temporary fix may be
open to traffic by Monday, Jan. 28, or sooner.
"Monday is our projected date at this
time, but we are looking to better the schedule," Setzer said.
Setzer said a permanent fix may be "months away." The engineer said the washed out portion of the
road will be restored, using the road's existing footprint.
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