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Maury County Road Collapses After Landslide
by Eric White
5/17/ 2010/9:10 P.M. CDT
SANTA FE, Tenn. – One Maury County road collapsed under the pressure when relentless rain hit Middle Tennessee
“I’ve seen a lot of the pictures and it’s just mind blowing,” said Maury County resident Darryl Grey.
A 1,500 feet stretch of State Route 7 in Santa Fe buckled during a landslide sending much of the pavement down a valley. Other fragments are still clinging to the side of a hill.
The damage is so severe the Tennessee Department of Transportation had to close the road.
“We’ve still got a lot of unstable earth in that area,” said TDOT spokesperson BJ Doughty.
Doughty said the state has approved emergency geotechnical contracts and design contracts to fix the road.
“We want to be really careful and make sure that the design we come up with is something that’s going to be a long-term fix,” said Doughty.
It will likely be November or December before State Route 7 is reopened to traffic. Until then drivers will have to take a three mile detour.
“It’s kind of aggravating,” said Grey.
He and everyone else will likely have to live with the aggravation for the next six months. The road will be back open by November or December.
TDOT engineers have also been busy inspecting every bridge and overpass in the federal disaster areas. The inspections should wrap up later this week. – Source
Sinkhole Repair On I-24 Will Take Several Days
5/18/2010/9:19 A.M. CDT
GRUNDY COUNTY, Tenn. – A 13-mile stretch of eastbound Interstate 24 will be shut down for several days in Grundy County after a large sinkhole opened up in the roadway.
The sinkhole was first reported around 7 a.m. near the exit for State Route 50, just north of Monteagle, apparently opening up after severe storms in the area.
The hole was about 40 feet long and 25 feet deep. Pavement from the left shoulder to the right lane of the highway collapsed into the hole.
PHOTOS: I-24 Sinkhole In Grundy County
Julie Oaks with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the driver of a tractor trailer swerved to the right to miss the sinkhole, lost control and went off the road into the median.
A TDOT worker happened to be driving behind the truck and saw what happened. Oaks said the worker was able to warn other drivers and keep them from driving into the crater.
Officials with TDOT said the sinkhole appeared to be growing. Sky 5 video showed large chunks of dirt falling into the crater.
Geo-technical engineers were called to the scene to survey the damage.
Eastbound lanes were completely shut down. Traffic was being diverted onto Highway 41 at exit 114 and re-entering at mile marker 127.
Westbound lanes have been affected with rubbernecking delays.
Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were on the scene to help direct traffic.
TDOT hopes to have the interstate opened by the end of the weekend, but admitted that timeline was very ambitious.
Oaks said Tennessee’s record rainfall and flooding was to blame for the sinkhole. TDOT officials have been bracing for more sinkholes around the state. – Source
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