Rockslide closes parts of US-25/US-70 in Madison County; Detour information here

Madison County rockslide
An active rockslide has closed U.S. 25/70 in Madison County. The detour utilizes Interstate 26 and N.C. 213. (Photo courtesy of NCDOT)

A rockslide has closed down a roadway in the mountains.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) sent out an alert on May 23 that both directions of US-25 and US-70, near US-25 BUS (US-25 BUS/US-70 BUS) in Madison County, southeast of Marshall, are closed due to a rockslide.

NCDOT reported the incident started at 2:48 p.m. and is expected to be cleared next Saturday, May 30, by 5 p.m.

Detour Information:

  1. Northbound Travelers will use I-26 West to Exit 11.
  2. Turn Left on NC-213 West.
  3. Continue 9 miles on NC-213 West to access US-25/70.
  1. Southbound Travelers will turn left on NC-213 East.
  2. Continue on NC-213 East to I-26 East.
  3. Continue on I-26 East to reacess US-25/70 from Exit 19.

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NCDOT released more information on May 24, saying recent heavy rains caused rocks and topsoil to tumble downhill onto the roadway. The slide area is about 200 feet tall and 75 feet wide, according to NCDOT.

“Our geotechnical experts will continue examining the active slide and help us develop a plan of action,” Division 13 Maintenance Engineer Tim Anderson said in Sunday's press release.. “We realize the detour will inconvenience many folks in Madison County, but first and foremost, it is important that the area is safe.”

During a 2018 traffic count, the highway carried an average of 9,800 vehicles per day. NCDOT said only I-26 carries more drivers into Madison County on a daily basis.

Additionally, NCDOT crews in Yancey County established a lane closure on N.C. 197 around a single boulder that fell on Saturday near U.S. 19E.

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