By now, everyone is probably aware at least at some level of the massive rock slide that has closed Interstate 40 near the Tennessee border in Haywood County. What is the fastest way to get the slide cleaned up and traffic flowing again through this vital east-west artery?
If there was ever a "shovel-ready" project, moving the massive boulders (some as large as a small house) and working to stabilize the mountainside through the Pigeon River gorge is such a project. There are dozens of road and site construction companies in Western NC with capacity and equipment on the ready to get to work, as soon as dollars are ready to flow to pay for fuel and labor.
If the Congress and previous administration could mobilize nearly a trillion dollars in a few weeks to bail out AIG, Citibank, and others, surely they could find under the sofa cushions a mere $20 or $30 million to get I-40 open between Asheville and Knoxville before Christmas.