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Contract to clean landslide from N.C. 9 could be awarded by Friday

DOT officials said they were planning to have potential contractors view the landslide covering N.C. 9 on Thursday and hoped to award a contract by Friday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said its geologists spent Tuesday assessing the large landslide covering N.C. 9.

DOT officials said they were planning to have potential contractors view the site Thursday and hoped to award a contract by Friday. They said not only would the landslide need to be excavated from top to bottom but a road would also need to be built up the mountain to bring in heavy equipment to do the job.

In Bat Cave, locals said they’d never seen anything like this landslide. Sarah Laughter has lived in Bat Cave for 86 years.

“It concerns me very much because it did so much damage and I’m worried it’s going to do much more,” Laughter said.

A local geologist said she does not believe the fires of 2016 contributed to this landslide.

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