I-24 Landslide - 2/24/19

A landslide shutdown I-24 East near mile marker 42 on Saturday, Feb. 23. (WSMV)

The Tennessee Department of Transportation hopes to have two lanes of traffic around the area impacted by the landslide on I-24 by March 15.

First TDOT has to clear 5,000 dump trucks worth of dirt.

Then TDOT plans to work around the clock to build the two lanes about 12 feet from the impacted area.

Workers will then place a permanent cap on top of the hill before moving traffic back onto the current lanes.

"We're going to put a rock buttress in there that chocks any material that would slough off in the future," said Will Reid with TDOT. 

 Crews said they're working as quickly and as safely as possible.

They're also working against potential weather since rain could make the landslide worse and cold weather impacts TDOT's ability to pour concrete.

"We understand it it has an impact on communities. It has an impact on our economy. We want people to have every corridor that we have open and functioning. That's our goal," said Reid. 

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Carley Gordon joined the News4 team as a reporter in 2009.

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