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TDOT Contractor to Conduct Blasting Operations on I-24 West at MM 136.2 in Marion County near Monteagle

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 | 01:01pm

TDOT Contractor to Conduct Blasting Operations on I-24 West at Mile Marker 136.2 in Marion County near Monteagle

Traffic will be Stopped Temporarily during Blasting for Safety of Traveling Public

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – As part of a slope stabilization and debris removal project at the site of a recent rockslide, TDOT contract crews will conduct a series of blasting operations to remove loose material from the slope adjacent to I‑24 West at mile marker 136.2 in Marion County.  The first blasting operation is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at approximately 10:00 a.m. CST.

When blasting operations are taking place, traffic will be slowed using rolling roadblocks and could be temporarily stopped for periods of up to 20 minutes for safety reasons.  As soon as blasting operations are completed and the roadway is cleared of any resulting debris, traffic will be released.

These blasting operations will be continued throughout next week and will only occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. CST.

This work is weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances delay this work, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.

Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. is the contractor for the $1.3 million slope stabilization and debris removal project.  The project is slated for completion by May 31, 2019.

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