State Route 108 in Grundy County Reopens
Monday, February 28, 2011 | 04:43am
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The section of State Route 108 near mile marker 24 between the towns of Viola in Warren County and Altamont in Grundy County was reopened to traffic late yesterday afternoon. The contractor, Wright Brothers Construction, successfully completed the emergency repairs from the February 20 rockslide that resulted in an estimated 23,000 tons of sandstone rock falling onto the roadway.
Originally the cleanup was scheduled to take three weeks, but the contractor worked around the clock clearing and repairing the roadway and stabilizing the slopes so the roadway could be reopened as quickly as possible. This section of roadway carries over 2,000 vehicles per day and is widely used by local residents as a route to McMinnville.
A separate contract will be let early this week for the application of a concrete cover to further stabilize the slope and for placement of final pavement, striping and guardrail. Further lane closures will be necessary in the impacted area, but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained at all times while the work takes place. This project should take approximately four to six weeks to complete.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer A. Flynn
TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer