The Tennessee Department of Transportation said its crews recently closed part of State Route 85 in Fentress County due to a pavement failure, following rainstorms in a mountainous area.
"Part of the outside lane has failed and settlement continues in both lanes," it said. "Runoff from the recent rains is still occurring in the area and may be contributing to the additional settlement."
It was another example of how state DOTs must monitor road conditions during harsh weather, implement infrastructures closures and traffic detours, and take on unanticipated repairs.
While TDOT expected the closure to only last a few days, it said March 5 that it did not yet have an estimate of how long repairs would take and when it could reopen the road.
"Traffic control measures have been installed, and local emergency responders and schools are being notified of the closure," it said.
The announcement also reminded travelers to be watchful for roadway work zones to help protect construction and repair crews as they do their jobs while vehicles move closely past them.
Photo / TDOT news release
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