(WJHL) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is closely monitoring a spill in North Carolina that will impact motorists traveling in and out of the state.
A liquid asphalt spill is causing traffic to back up into Tennessee. Earlier this morning a tanker carrying the fluid overturned.
Mark Nagi, community relations officer for the Knoxville region, says Interstate-40 East near mile mark 7 is expected to be closed for “ours to come”.
Nagi encourages drivers to use alternate routes.
The following message was posted on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s website on Friday:
“I-40 East is closed at Exit 7 (Cold Springs Creek/Harmon Den) near Clyde, due to a crash. The road is expected to reopen by 9:00 PM. Detour: Take Exit 7 (Cold Springs Creek/Harmon Den Road). Cross over Cold Springs Creek/Harmon Den Road and merge left to reaccess I-40 East.”