Federal Highway Administration Approves $3.8 million to fund cleanup effort
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will receive $3.8 million in federal assistance to pay for the clean-up of the massive US 64 rockslide. The Federal Highway Administration notified TDOT on Thursday, January 14, 2010 that the rockslide cleanup effort does qualify for 100% federal reimbursement as long as work is completed within 180 days of incident. On November 10, 2009 a portion of Little Frog Mountain slid onto US 64 completely blocking the major east/west corridor in southeastern Tennessee. TDOT will have the roadway reopened to traffic by March 31, 2010, well ahead of the 180-day provision.
“The rockslide has placed a tremendous hardship on the people of Polk County and I have emphasized to TDOT the importance of moving quickly, but without jeopardizing safety, to reopen this roadway,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “I have had a number of discussions with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and TDOT to determine how the state can assist the area. I have also met with Senator Dewayne Bunch and Representative Eric Watson, and I appreciate their continued efforts to find relief for those affected by this slide. With their help, we've received this approval from the federal government, which will help expedite the clean up."