Rockslide closes highway in Franklin County - WSMV Channel 4

Rockslide closes highway in Franklin County

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Courtesy: TDOT Courtesy: TDOT
WINCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

Big boulders created quite a mess on one Franklin County highway Monday. A rockslide closed State Route 16 outside Winchester.

The incident occurred near Keith Springs Mountain about 6:30 a.m., according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Crews were planning to work well into the night after tons of debris were scattered across the two-lane highway.

TDOT happened to be in the middle of a $2.4 million project to stop this kind of thing from happening, and officials said that fact actually helps, because a contractor already had crews in place working at the site of the slide.

They will bring in extra workers and equipment to respond to the rockslide and work to re-open the rural road.

A state geological expert will check out the damage and the repairs and ultimately be the one to decide the road can be re-opened.

At this point, TDOT can't yet offer a timeline.

While the road is closed, only local passenger car traffic will be allowed to use Iron Gap Road, a narrow county road, as a detour around the site.

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