|Section of U.S. 176 in Polk County to Remain Closed at Least a Few More Weeks
Raleigh – A section of U.S. 176 located four miles south of Saluda in Polk County will remain closed at least through the next few weeks as NCDOT engineers determine how to prevent additional rockslides onto the highway.
The road was closed early this month because rocks and mud began sliding onto the road. Engineers from the NCDOT Geotechnical Unit decided to have the remaining part of the slide area removed for the safety of motorists. That work was completed this week, but then rocks came down from higher up on the mountainside.
The next step will be determining how to secure the higher location, perhaps with a retaining wall and/or wire netting to keep additional boulders and rocks from getting to the highway. A contractor would have to be hired to do that work, which could mean an extension of the closure.
No homes are cut off, with residents north of the slide able to get to Saluda and those to the south able to reach Tryon. A signed detour route is in place, with motorists traveling west turning right onto N.C. 108 to reach I-26 West. They can take Exit 59 and turn left onto Ozone Drive to get back to U.S. 176. Eastbound drivers on U.S. 176 can take that detour route in reverse.
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