SR-84 in Putnam County to Close Temporarily for Rockslide Repair

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 09:41 am
Crews work to break up a large boulder on State Route 84 in Putnam County.
Crews work to break up a large boulder on State Route 84 in Putnam County.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A section of SR 84 in Putnam County remains closed today as  contract crews continue to clear debris from a rockslide that occurred Monday. The rockslide happened at approximately 5:40 p.m. CDT Monday night about one mile outside Monterey. In addition to some trees and mud, the slide consisted of one large boulder that slid down onto the shoulder of the road.  The boulder is approximately 40 ft. long, 20 ft. high, and 15-20 ft. wide. 

TDOT has contracted with Highways, Inc. to bring in a track hoe with a hammer attachment to break up the boulder so it can be hauled off by TDOT maintenance crews. 

Closures and detours are set up at SR-284 in Overton County and on SR-84 in Putnam County near the top of the hill in Monterey.  During the closure, residents who live on this section of SR-84 will be allowed to access their homes.

The closure will be in effect until 6:00 p.m. CDT this evening, at which time work will cease and the road will be reopened to all traffic.  Work will resume tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m., when the roadway will once again be closed to through traffic.  The work should be completed by Thursday afternoon, but in the event that it is not, the 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. schedule will be followed until the work is completed.  In addition, a TDOT geotechnical engineer will be on site today to survey the area.

For travel information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5 1 1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511. 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer A. Flynn
TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer
Jennifer.Flynn@tn.gov
Office 423-510-1164

 

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