Hwy 9 offers one lane passage after landslide closure

BAT CAVE, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation has opened a lane that will give access across the Hwy 9 construction to nearby residents. A massive landslide in Henderson County near Bat Cave closed a portion of N.C. 9 last month leaving people with an hour-long detour around the mess.

Last Friday, the North Carolina Department of Transportation opened one lane since construction delays have prevented the repair work to be completed.

So, here’s how it works:

Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, crews will let people cut through the barriers. Once everyone in line makes it across, they will close the road until 10 a.m. Then they will do the same thing every two hours until 6 p.m.

After that, everything shuts down and people can’t cut across until the next morning. The goal is for this phase to last a couple of weeks and then fully open up the road to the public. All the work done in the area will hopefully be finished in about a month and a half.