Crews Must Stabilize Eastern Slope Material Near TVA Dam Using Small Blasts and Rock Anchors
NASHVILLE – Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced today that work to clear debris from a massive rockslide along U.S. 64 in Polk County will be completed by March 31, 2010. The rockslide, which occurred on November 10, 2009, buried a portion of U.S. 64 in Polk County under thousands of tons of debris. A $2.1 million emergency contract was awarded to Charles Blalock & Sons of Sevierville, Tennessee in mid-November. At that time TDOT estimated clean-up would take at least eight weeks. After several weeks of work at the site, crews have successfully removed approximately 6,000 cubic yards of debris and have stabilized the portion of Little Frog Mountain located immediately west of the slide. Crews must now work to stabilize the area immediately east of the slide, which is complicated by the presence of a TVA Dam directly beneath the unstable rock shelf.