TRAFFIC ADVISORY – SR 25 in Smith County Closed Until September 4

Monday, July 24, 2017 | 2:20pm

CARTHAGE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is delaying the reopening of SR 25 in Carthage following unforeseen geotechnical issues on the ongoing rockfall mitigation project. The new opening date has been set for September 4.


The roadway was closed for safety reasons in June after deterioration on a rock bluff led to dangerous debris falling onto the roadway. TDOT has been working with the contractor to accelerate the work and had hoped to open the closed portion of SR 25 on August 1. However, the contractor has continued to encounter loose rock in the project area. Due to concerns for the safety of the motoring public, the road can’t be reopened until all loose material is removed and the bluff is stabilized.


The $4.1 million SR 25 rockfall mitigation project began earlier this spring and requires the removal of approximately 286,000 cubic yards of material in order to set the bluff back approximately 60 feet. The project follows a rockslide in the area in 2013 which required a roadway closure for 20 days. 


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