Rockslide repairs finished nearly a month early in Blount County
U.S. 129 repaired repaved and restriped after rockslide
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – All lanes of U.S. 129/State Route 115 are now open allowing traffic to flow freely from Blount County, Tennessee into North Carolina three weeks earlier than anticipated.
First motorists drive through U.S. 129 opened on July 9, 2010
Crews finished paving, striping, and installing guard rail and reopened the roadway at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, July 9.
TDOT offered a $195,000 incentive to the contractor if the roadway opened by July 1, 2010. However, work on an unstable rock mass which began to slide on June 2 hindered the contractor from receiving the full incentive. Emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. will receive $136,500 for finishing three weeks ahead of the estimated completion date of July 31.