A 20-mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina might be closed for months due to a slope failure beneath the roadbed.
A crack that measures 200 feet long, 8 inches wide and up to 5 feet deep opened in the center of the parkway near milepost 374 in Buncombe County, just north of Asheville, N.C. Engineers believe that the crack formed because excessive rains caused fill material below the road to give way.
The parkway will be closed between mileposts 355 and 375, perhaps through the end of the summer. A detour will be established near Mount Mitchell State Park that will direct travelers to Asheville.