DOT: Highway 28 in Graham County closed through late December

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A section of N.C. 28 in Graham County will be closed for up to to two weeks after a rockslide on Thursday, according to the sheriff's office.

The DOT said Friday December 15, 2017 that Highway 28 in Graham County will be closed through December 29.

A crew had cleared mud, rocks and boulders from the highway when a small slide occurred Thursday morning, but more debris tumbled down overnight.

At 1 a.m. Friday morning, the N.C. Department of Transportation closed the road again due to debris in the road.

The closure is about 13 miles from the Tennessee state line and one mile east of Cable Cove Road on the south side of Lake Fontana.

Drivers will need to detour around the slide, taking N.C. 143 and N.C. 129 when heading in either direction, a distance of 26 miles for through traffic.

The detour will remain in place until NCDOT clears the road and deems the hill stable.

An average of 940 vehicles travel the road daily based on the last traffic count in 2016, the DOT said in a press release Friday.

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