JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Starting Thursday, June 5, at 4 a.m., the North Carolina Department of Transportation will temporarily close a portion of Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border while crews eliminate potential rockfall hazards.

Crews will shut down all lanes of I-40 from exit 20 to exit 451 in Tennessee, which is about a mile from the North Carolina border. Local traffic only will be allowed between exits 15 and 20.

A detour will be in place to help motorists navigate the closure. Motorists traveling westbound on I-40 should take I-26 west to Johnson City, Tenn., and then take I-81 south back to I-40, east of Knoxville. Eastbound motorists will reverse the detour.