TDOT: Interstate-40 East in North Carolina, near TN line to be closed for hours

(Source: Tennessee Department of Transportation

(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.”

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