A large 100 ft. wide and 20 ft. high retaining wall structure is now in place to secure the unstable mountainside.
Knoxville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation re-opened one lane of US 441 (The Spur) southbound in Sevier County shortly before 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. TDOT was forced to close the southbound lanes of the roadway after a rockslide threatened the stability of the mountainside on January 25.
“We understand this has been an inconvenience to many people traveling to and from Gatlinburg and are pleased to see the contractor reopening the roadway ahead of schedule,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely.
Since the rockslide occurred, motorists traveling southbound into Gatlinburg have been utilizing one of the northbound lanes. With the southbound lane now reopened, TDOT expects to remove the detour and reopen both northbound lanes to northbound traffic by Tuesday, weather permitting.