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Rock Slide Closes Caldwell Highway PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Sunday, 21 June 2009 02:41

Mortimer--House-sized bolders caused the closing of NC highway 90 in rural Caldwell County, a backwoods route to Grandfather Mountain and US 221.

WSOC-TV reports that the highway in will be closed on weekdays for weeks as crews clean up a massive rockslide.  Rocks as big as cars toppled down a mountainside onto Highway 90, near Mortimer Campground in the far western part of Caldwell County. Department of Transportation workers told WSOC-TV that the slide was likely triggered by heavy rain earlier in the week. The area is popular for fishing and other recreation, and Highway 90 is the main road through this remote area of the county. Mortimer Campground is still accessible, as crews opened one lane and will keep one lane of the road open through the weekend before completely closing it to clear the slide and reinforce the mountainside.

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