Contract awarded to clear massive Highway 9 landslide


    The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has contracted Graham County Land Company to clear a large landslide that has shut down N.C. 9. (Photo credit: BroadRiver sUAS Emergency Response Team or Broad River Fire Department)

    The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has contracted Graham County Land Co. to clear a large landslide that has shut down N.C. 9.

    The $1.49 million contract was awarded Monday. NCDOT says crews will begin mobilizing equipment on Tuesday.

    The landslide happened during the early morning hours of June 5, 2018. The debris is nearly 20 feet high and stretched across both lanes on N.C. 9.

    Residents near the area have to take about an hour long detour to get around the landslide The 50-mile detour — safe for trucks and large vehicles — takes northbound drivers up U.S. 74 to Interstate 40 to Exit 64 and N.C. 9 south. Southbound drivers need to take N.C. 9 north to I-40, then Exit 53A to U.S. 74A and back up N.C. 9.

    NCDOT says cleanup efforts will include building a dirt road up the mountain so crews can move heavy equipment into place.

    Officials estimate 110,000 cubic yards of debris will be hauled to a local site.

    The initial completion date is set for July 27.

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