One lane will be open on State Route 116 in mountainous north Anderson County, with a temporary traffic signal, for the next four to five weeks, a state official said Thursday.
The road, which is also known as New River Highway, was affected by a landslide near mile marker 9.4 after heavy rains on Thursday, February 7. The road was closed for several hours.
“The roadway is currently open to one lane of traffic under a temporary signal condition,” Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi said Thursday. “The roadway will remain in this configuration over the next four to five weeks while TDOT works to repair the roadway at this location.”
Short-term total roadway closures will be required to perform this necessary work, Nagi said. These closures will be limited from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and they will be noted to local motorists via on-site message boards the day before, Nagi said. The information will also be made available via the TDOT Smartway system and TDOT social media outlets, including Twitter (@MarkNagiTDOT).
Nagi said the repair schedule depends upon favorable weather conditions.
“Motorists are advised to use extreme caution in this area as workers will be present,” Nagi said. “Delays are likely while this repair work is taking place, and motorists may want to consider alternate routes.”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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