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“Slope failure” closes SC Highway 184 until September


A South Carolina highway will be closed daily for repairs after Tropical Storm rains washed out a portion of the road. 

Highway 184 in Sugar Mountain, also known as Tynecastle Highway, will be closed from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day while crews work to repair the damaged shoulder and 20-foot-drop off the edge of the road caused by a landslide. Crews will be working to place steel beams under the road and constructing a retaining wall, reports HC Press.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation suggests that drivers use Highway 194 as an alternate route. However, this detour takes drivers near Banner Elk and all the way to Elk Park and Newland, an area out-of-the-way for drivers looking to get to Linville, Sugar Mountain or Grandfather Mountain.

Some drivers have begun using Cross Park Drive near Blue Ridge Village as a shortcut to Sugar Mountain. However, officials warn that trucks longer than 30 feet could face fines of $2,000 for using Cross Park Road, where trucks are prohibited due to a large number of curves and switchbacks. Delivery trucks are required to take the Highway 194 detour. 

The project is expected to be completed by Friday, September 3rd. 


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