Economic Impact of Rockslides in Tennessee and North Carolina

This study estimates the economic impacts of two major rockslides in southwestern North Carolina and southeastern Tennessee during the fall of 2009 that resulted in the closure of sections of Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 63. The analysis focused on two categories of impacts: local and regional economic impacts—loss in business sales, visitors, tourism spending, and jobs for areas directly impacted by road closures; and transportation costs—longer trips and increased congestion, both in auto travel (personal, commuting, and tourism) and longer-distance freight shipments.