Section of Blue Parkway closed in Western N. C.

POSTED: 9:49 AM Jul 15 2013   UPDATED: 3:39 PM Jul 15 2013

A 20-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed in western North Carolina because of a crack in the pavement.

Park officials say there is a 2-to-4-inch wide crack running about 100 feet along the road. Parts of the crack are six feet deep.

Officials have closed the road between milepost 375 north of Asheville to milepost 355 near Mount Mitchell State Park because officials are worried about possible road failure.

Officials say they noticed the crack Friday.