The Unofficial
I-26 Construction
Madison County
North Carolina


A dizzying view of the soil slope above a rock cut. The soil slopes are carefully calculated to remain stable for decades into the future, but in case of a slide or something rolling off the slope, a 20' wide bench is built where the soil and rock slopes intersect. The rock slope does not begin until solid rock is reached, so the last few feet above this point usually contains a lot of crumbly or loose rock material. This material can be seen right above the solid rock at the bottom of the picture. This soil slope is about 150' high at this location. Taken in February 1999.



 John Lansford
21 March 1999