TRIPLETT — Elk Creek Road reopened to traffic on Thursday, June 13, after being closed due to a major mudslide three days previous, according to Watauga County Emergency Management’s Jay Kerley.

N.C. Department of Transportation’s engineer Kevin Whittington said that while the road is open for traffic, work in the area will continue through at least Monday, June 17.

“The Elk Creek area was hit the hardest with this last rain event that we had,” Whittington said.

Along with the large mudslide, shoulders slid out and pipes were clogged up along the road. In the future, a contractor will have to stabilize the slope at the top, Whittington added, as well as add stone to where the washout occurred.

Along with local crews, Surry County has been helping remove the mud and debris with a track hoe, dump trucks, backhoes, a motor grader and “a lot of manpower,” Whittington said.

NCDOT crews will have work sites across the county repairing road and shoulder damage with traffic being reduced to one lane in some areas.

“We are out there and we need to alert the public that we’ll be working in those areas and stopping traffic to accomplish this work,” Whittington said.

Along with Elk Creek Road, Whittington said work will need to be done on Jake’s Mountain Road, Elk Lane, Rhymer Branch Road, Watauga River Road and N.C. 105 in Seven Devils and just outside of Boone, among others.

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