Interstate 40 West near TN/NC border reopens after bridge repair

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UPDATE: State transportation officials confirmed Thursday that bridge repairs have been completed and I-40 W at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line has been reopened.

Drivers traveling into East Tennessee from North Carolina on Interstate 40 are having to take a 45-minute detour.

I-40 West near the Tennessee state line was closed Monday evening for emergency bridgework between mile markers 15 and 20.

The repairs on a 53-year-old bridge are expected to take up to five days.

The recommended detour from Asheville to Dandridge will add around 45 minutes to your drive with traffic redirecting up I-26 W to I-81 S into Tennessee.

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